LCCA cricket: Luck on Harwood’s side

HARWOOD suvived a close call against Brushgrove on Saturday, snaring victory from the jaws of defeat after being bowled out 74.

Harwood's Ken Richards claimed figures of 5/6 off eight overs, leading his team to victory as they skittled Brushgrove for 59.

"It was probably the best spell he has bowled all year," Harwood captain Matt Peterie said.

Peterie said it was poor batting from his team that saw only two batsman reach double figures.

"We had the runs on the board, and they had to get them, so I knew we had a chance," he said.

"If we could get some early wickets it would get them wondering."

Peterie said the balance of the team's personalities ensured they were up to the challenge when they went in to field.

"When you've got an experienced side, everyone knows what they need to do to get the win," he said.

"You could tell everyone was switched on and wanted to get the job done. All the team members have been enjoying playing their cricket, so a good team spirit helps the side.

"Catches were held, the bowlers bowled in the right area and the boys in the field backed them up.

"You need a little luck defending small totals, and we had that."

Looking ahead to the finals, Peterie said improvement was needed.

"We need to score some more runs next time, you can't get bowled out like that in the semi-finals," he said.

"You won't last long in the finals if you bat like that, so hopefully it was just a one-off."

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