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Moran makes case

HARWOOD Hilton captain Tim McMahon may have some selection headaches down the track after Craig Moran blasted 123 against a luckless Westlawn Jacaranda Hotel side at Harwood on Saturday.

Moran, who played only a handful of games last season, gave his captain something to think about as he went about destroying the Westlawn bowling attack.

At stumps, last year's premiers were in a commanding position at 7-330 after Moran and several of his teammates cashed in on some ordinary bowling.

Harwood opening batsman Geoff Simmons showed little respect for the opposition, belting 87 before young guns Nathan Essex (62) and Ben McMahon (22) joined the party.

When asked if Moran will be a regular in the Harwood side McMahon was quick to reply, "Well, he's paid his rego."

According to the Harwood skipper, Moran is a genuine all-rounder who can turn a game with both bat and ball.

"Craig can open the bowling and also bat in the middle order," he said.

"He batted all afternoon after we lost a couple of early wickets.

"Young Essex also did the job for us and hit a couple of big sixes.

"I thought John Blanch bowled well for Westlawn and Scully (Tony Blanch) toiled hard and picked up three wickets."

Westlawn will be hoping to erase last week's dismal batting effort against Brothers before chasing the home side's massive total when play resumes at Harwood Oval on Saturday.