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Nothing game ends in draw for Harwood V Tucabia-Coppo

TOP KNOCK: Matt Blanch top-scored for his side Tucabia-Copmanhurst, picking up a half-century in the drawn match against Harwood. PhotoS: Leigh Jensen
TOP KNOCK: Matt Blanch top-scored for his side Tucabia-Copmanhurst, picking up a half-century in the drawn match against Harwood. PhotoS: Leigh Jensen

Luke Harradine of Harwood sways out of the way of a short one as he gets his eye in.

HARWOOD and Tucabia-Copmanhurst played out a draw in the weekend's only Clarence River Cricket Association Premier League cricket action.

The players felt that the game was a bit of a nothing game with the match being played under two-day rules with only one day of play because of last weekend's wash-out.

Harwood captain Tim McMahon felt that although the game was a nothing game because of the lack of a result he said it was a good opportunity for the players to get a bowl and bat leading into the semi-finals this weekend.

"It was two day rules for a one day match so it was a bit of a nothing game," McMahon said. "It was a bit of a morale victory for us as a team. We scored more runs than them which will probably bode well for next week. We are minor premiers so we will just see what happens in the semis.

"We didn't bowl three of our main bowlers because there was a few injuries floating around the club so it was good chance to give the other blokes a bowl and get them feeling it.

"Matty Young got some overs under his belt which was really good for him, I think he bowled something like 14 straight and bowled consistently well throughout them. Also Luke Harradine got his first bowl of the season which is also good and he jagged a couple of wickets which was good for him."

Tucabia-Copmanhurst opener Matt Dougherty said that the match felt weird because of the lack of result and led to some of the players being apathetic in the field.

"It was a bit of a weird one," Dougherty said. "The actual game didn't mean anything so it wasn't really a proper game day and probably led to the boys being a bit lackadaisical in the field.

"It was good to have a hit as we've only really had a night game in the past three weeks. I think we've got to hit our straps soon, on paper we have got a very, very good team.

"We bat deep and have a good bowling line-up. Once we hit our straps we'll be pretty hard to beat.

"The benchmark for the competition is Brothers and Harwood, they've been playing fantastic all season but if we have a good day we can definitely challenge them a bit.

"You've just got to turn-up on the day and play well."

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