Souths bounce Harwood to move to first
SOUTHS Services secured their second win of the season after overcoming Harwood Hilton on Saturday.
After scoring a modest 155 in the first innings, Souths had Harwood on the ropes from the beginning of play when they resumed at 5-27.
Harwood's mission wasn't helped by the conditions, with overnight rain producing a sodden track for the days' play.
Souths' reputation for quality bowling came to the fore, with Jason Thompson and Fred Holloway picking up four wickets each as they dismissed Harwood for just 70.
Souths captain Tom Kroehnert said it wasn't an easy wicket to bat on, but was happy to take the points. "The pitch offered up plenty of seam and movement - it wasn't easy to bat on at all," Kroehnert said.
"Our bowlers managed to use the conditions really well, we held our catches and made the best of our chances."
With Harwood dismissed, Souths began their second innings knowing they were in the hunt for bonus points, and the faint possibility of an outright victory.
The idea of an outright victory quickly evaporated, as they encountered a determined Harwood attack.
Souths managed to play the rest of the available time out, getting to 9-90 before rain brought an early end to the game.
Harwood captain Tim McMahon said it wasn't all doom and gloom for his team, but admitted the first innings had been the decider the week before.
"We bowled really well it was just a shame we didn't bat as good," McMahon said.
"To their credit they did what they could, but this was definitely a bowler's wicket. We lost it in the final hour of play last week but we've got the bye next round and we'll use it to recharge and come back stronger."
Kroehnert said his batsmen never got going in the second innings, but paid credit to Jake Frame and Craig Cole (24no) for holding the innings together.
"Jakey played a good innings out there and really valued his wicket," Kroehnert said.
"He kept them at bay all day and was just great for us."
With memories of last season's grand final defeat still fresh, Kroehnert said it was satisfying to gain some measure of revenge.
"It's good to get one over them especially at this time of the season," Kroehnert said.
"We'll use it as a confidence-building win and be ready for Tucabia next week."