SHREWD SEAMER: Durrant on top as Harwood strike
CRCA CRICKET: Harwood all-rounder Daley Durrant has continued to prosper since returning to the club for the 2016/17 GDSC Premier League season and he stepped it up again at the weekend.
Durrant produced his best performance with the ball for the club since his debut season, taking 3 for 11 off 8 against a hapless Coutts Crossing line-up at Ellem Oval.
The shrewd seamer was at his miserly best bowling a tight line and length and taking away scoring options from the Coutts line-up as wickets tumbled and the side fell 178 runs short of Harwood's 252 total.
Coutts lost nightwatchman Jesse Boffey (5) early in the afternoon to Hayden McMahon (1 for 17 off 5) before regular top-order batsmen Tim Tilse (19) and Luke Cox (19) put together a 30-run stand.
But soon Durrant and Ben McMahon (3 for 18 off 8) had the home side at sixes and sevens forcing a batting collapse which included the Coutts middle order losing 5 for 8 at one stage.
"Daley and Benny just basically tore them apart in the first innings," Harwood captain Nathan Ensbey said.
"Benny was just putting them on the right line and length while Daley bowled his best spell of the year so far.
"He was bowling with some serious pace and got through a lot of their order."
The bowling was only as good as the fielding in the first innings with Harwood holding onto most chances including a screamer from Matt Farrell in the gully to remove Adam Elliott (0).
Brenden Cotten (14) staged a minor fightback late, putting on 13 runs with Coutts junior Reece Gaddes (3*) but it was in vain as the side fell for 74.
"It was pretty crap to get bowled out the way we did," Coutts captain Luke Cox said. "They are just consistent and patient. They have always been good like that."
With blood on his mind Ensbey sent Coutts back into bat to chase the outright but a defiant Cox refused to concede.
The opener stood tall despite a few chances including two dropped catches in the outfield in consecutive balls in the 50s to score a dominant 123 runs as part of a 157-run stand alongside Bill North (56).
"It is always hard to bowl a side out twice in a day," Ensbey said. "You need a bit of luck to go your way but our bowlers won't dwell on it too much."
Cox admitted his side needed the confidence boost heading into next weekend's middle of the table battle with Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
"It was good for our batters to get in the runs in the second dig," Cox said. "We got a bit of luck but you take that when it comes."
COUTTS CROSSING V HARWOOD
At Ellem Oval
Umpires: Jeff Hackett, Terry Hickson
Harwood 1st Innings 252
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings
Z Page lbw b JT McMahon 0
J Boffey b HJ McMahon 5
T Tilse c Johnson b BG McMahon 19
L Cox c Johnson b Durrant 19
N Wood b BG McMahon 8
E Fahey lbw b BG McMahon 0
B North c HJ McMahon b Durrant 1
B Cotten c N Ensbey b Harris 14
AB Elliott c Farrell b Durrant 0
RS Gaddes not out 3
J Inskip c HJ McMahon b Many 1
Extras (b 0, lb 2, w 2, nb 0) 4
ALL-OUT for 74
FoW: 1-1(Z Page) 2-11(J Boffey) 3-41(L Cox) 4-52(N Wood) 5-55(E Fahey) 6-56(T Tilse) 7-60(AB Elliott) 8-60(B North) 9-73(B Cotten) 10-74(J Inskip)
Bowling: HJ McMahon 5-1-17-1, JT McMahon 5-0-22-1, BG McMahon 8-2-18-3, DD Durrant 8-4-13-3, D Harris 1-0-2-1, L Many 0.4-0-0-1
Coutts Crossing 2nd Innings
T Tilse c JT McMahon b Farrell 4
L Cox c HJ McMahon b Many 123
N Wood b Durrant 3
B Cotten b Durrant 14
B North c Durrant b JT McMahon 56
E Fahey c Nicholson b Harris 36
AB Elliott c Farrell b JT McMahon 2
RS Gaddes not out 9
J Boffey not out 1
Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 7, nb 0) 15
SEVEN wickets for 263
FoW: 1-9(T Tilse) 2-32(N Wood) 3-52(B Cotten) 4-209(L Cox) 5-213(B North) 6-221(AB Elliott) 7-256(E Fahey)
Bowling: MJ Farrell 4-2-11-1, L Many 10-3-53-1, DD Durrant 6-0-42-2, HJ McMahon 2-0-25-0, D Harris 8-0-41-1, JT McMahon 10-1-44-2, LD Johnson 3-0-13-0, BG McMahon 5-0-26-0
* HARWOOD won first innings by 178 runs