Matt Young too good
HARWOOD’S Matt Young produced a man-of-the-match performance against Westlawn at Iluka on Saturday.
The experienced all-rounder top-scored with 48 runs and then took a splendid 4-35 off 10 overs to give his side a comfortable 55-run victory.
Batting first, Harwood reached 8-169 from their allotted 40 overs despite a devastating spell of bowling from Westlawn’s Nathan Blanch, who finished with 5-40.
Young shared a fourth-wicket stand of 61 with Mark Ensby, who made 48, while Craig Moran produced a handy late-innings cameo of 19.
In reply, Westlawn were bundled out for a paltry 114, with only Jason Rainbow (24) and Brad Inmon (26) showing any resistance.
Harwood captain Tim McMahon was happy to come away with the points.
“It was a good win. We managed to put together a few partnerships which helped,” McMahon said.
“Matt (Young) batted well and so did Mark Ensbey, it was a good wicket to bat on ... the curator has done a fantastic job.”
McMahon said reaching a total of around 160 was always going to be difficult to chase.
Apart from Young’s effort, all of Harwood’s bowlers – Kane Aeschlimann (2-22), Mark Vallette (2-36) and Peter Hickey (2-21) – chipped in. “Peter bowled a tight line with his off-cutters and both our spinners were great,” McMahon said.