Contenders have sights set on victory
THE race for the minor premiership could play a major part in today's CRCA Premier League proceedings in Grafton.
Harwood went into the penultimate round four points ahead of Brothers on the table and are well on track to an outright victory over Westlawn at Ellem Oval.
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Harwood posted 9 for 244 courtesy of a high-class 110 from Ben McMahon and now Westlawn faces an uphill battle to take anything from the match when they resume at 7 for 47.
"Wrapping up these last three wickets is top of our priority," Harwood's Doug Harris said.
"Then if we can go for the outright win it will put us in a good position to push for the minor premiership, which would be a nice bit of confidence leading into the finals.
"Last week the pitch was tricky early on and to Westlawn's credit they bowled really well and made scoring hard.
"Then Matty Young came out after tea and he and Ben made it look like a completely different game. Ben hit the ball so cleanly and consistently, he batted brilliantly."
Meanwhile Brothers have work to do but at 2 for 52 are in the box seat in their game at McKittrick Park against Coutts Crossing, who made just 132.
Regardless of the first innings result, Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert and Coutts captain Luke Cox will still have a hand to play in the second innings, as Brothers keep one eye on the minor premiership race and Coutts mindful of the battle with Westlawn for fourth spot.
Harwood plays Tucabia-Copmanhurst and Brothers are against South Services in the final round of competition.
Meanwhile South Services will be keen to follow on from a pleasing batting total of 212 as they chase their first win of the calendar year in their match against GDSC Easts at Ulmarra Showground.
"We just need to make sure we're switched on as soon as we get there," South Services president and player Jason Thompson said.
"If we get Lewis Chevalley and Shannon Connor out nice and early we'll be well on the way.
"Last week we batted extremely well, it was good to score more than 200 for the first time this year.
"Young Rowan Green scored runs and then got 68 in night cricket, so he's striking form at the end of the season."
Easts will resume the day's play at 5 for 70.
Progress scores after day 1 of round 13 fixtures
At McKittrick Park: Coutts Crossing 132 (I Simpson 23, B Honeybrook 26, N Wood 21; J Weatherstone 2-21, J Kroehnert 4-32, T McLaren 2-36) v Brothers 2-52 (T McLaren 24, B Kerr 20*, R Lynch 3*).
At Ellem Oval: Harwood 9(dec)/244 (D Harris 30, B McMahon 110, M Young 38, L Many 29; I O'Toole 2-21, J Blanch 6-97) v Westlawn 7-47 (D Amos 21, I O'Toole 3*, J Blanch 1*; H McMahon 2-17, L Many 2-4, D Harris 2-12).
At Ulmarra Showground: South Services 212 (L Sullivan 27, R Green 36, M Peterson 55, J Amos 23) v GDSC Easts 5-70 (B Cleaver 2-17, C Cleaver 2-8).