NO RESPITE: Harwood batsman Ben McMahon scored another CRCA Premier League century, this time against Westlawn at Ellem Oval on Saturday. PHOTOS: DEBRAH NOVAK
NO RESPITE: Harwood batsman Ben McMahon scored another CRCA Premier League century, this time against Westlawn at Ellem Oval on Saturday. PHOTOS: DEBRAH NOVAK

Purple patch continues

BEN McMahon has continued his stunning form, cracking another ton for Harwood in the Clarence River Cricket GDSC Premier League competition.

This time Westlawn were the hapless victims as McMahon's chanceless knock helped dig the competition leaders out of trouble to post a worthy total of 244 at Ellem Oval.

In reply, Westlawn's post-Christmas misery deepened as the side slumped to 7/47 at stumps on day one with a huge challenge ahead if they are to avoid outright defeat when play resumes Saturday.

McMahon has scored 543 runs this season and appears set to take out the batting aggregate trophy.

He is currently 122 runs ahead of last year's winner and teammate Doug Harris (421) while Brothers' siblings Jake Kroehnert (321) and Mitch Kroehnert (318) will have their chance to close the gap on day two of the match against Coutts Crossing.

McMahon was content with his innings of 110, which included 11 boundaries and five 6s.

"It's all going pretty good," he said. "I can't ask for much more.

"It was doing a fair bit early. Doug Harris did a lot of the hard work and set it up for myself and Youngy."

It was slow going early as Westlawn's Ian O'Toole (2/21 off two overs) tied things down.

Harris (30) and McMahon then went on the offensive, before the latter united with Matt Young (38) for a 97-run seventh wicket stand.

Luke Many hit four 4s and two 6s in his quickfire 29, prompting Tim McMahon's declaration at 9/244.

"Once again I was not required which is good," the skipper said.

"Ben's really enjoying his cricket. He was scratchy for the first few but lucky he was batting with Doug (Harris) who kept talking to him to knuckle down, then he put the bad balls away."



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