Simmons stars Harwood's first win of season
LCCA CRICKET: While he might only be a reluctant interim captain in the absence of regular Harwood leader Matt Peterie, Darrell Simmons has stood up in his leadership role to register a defiant 71 against a tough Iluka bowling attack in Lower Clarence First Grade.
Simmons cashed in on a batter's paradise after the platform was laid by the top order including starts for Dane Mitchell (34) and wicketkeeper Travis Anderson (18) to help Harwood to a highly competitive 194 at Harwood Oval.
It proved to be a match-winning total after Harwood's bowlers were able to narrowly restrict the Iluka scoring over their 40 overs to win by 10 runs. But it was not a sure thing for the home side as the Iluka top order fired from early on.
Simmons credited the Iluka bowlers for toiling hard on an unforgiving pitch and said their fielding effort was a class above his own side's work in the field.
"They were coming off the bat all right," Simmons said. "It was a good deck for batting, it was pretty hard on the bowlers for both sides.
"Iluka fielded really well, we were probably a bit lucky to get away with it in the end. We spilt about seven or eight chances in the opening overs and they were travelling nicely at drinks at about one for 100."
After Iluka opener Chris Bell (5) was removed cheaply by Ken Richards it was a high-scoring stand from regular opening pair Gary Ryan (65) and Brendan James (40) which put the visitors on top.
But a stifling session from the Harwood attack including teenage pace option Jarrod Ensbey (0 for 23 off 6) and young gun leg spinner Tom Littlechild (1 for 31 off 7) managed to quell the run rate and brought the match back under control.
"It was really good to see the younger fellas perform with the ball in hand," Simmons said.
"This is a steep learning curve for a few of them but they have taken to first grade rather quickly.
"It was a great game to be a part of and it was all played in the right spirits."
While he was proud to captain Harwood to their first victory of the 2016/17 season, Simmons is expecting regular club captain Matt Peterie will be back next weekend against a red hot Maclean United outfit.
HARWOOD V ILUKA
At Harwood Cricket Ground
Umpires: Steve Cameron, Jimmy Simmons
Harwood 1st Innings
D Mitchell lbw b Newton 34
GJ Simmons c James b Allen 2
S Timms c James b Barber 8
T Anderson c Lane b Barber 18
D Simmons st James b Daniels 71
T Anderson c Barber b Bartlett 14
J Ensbey b Allen 2
M Vallette c Lane b Daniels 15
K Richards c Stanford b Cowen 7
T Littlechild c & b Daniels 5
M Niemiec not out 2
Extras (b 0, lb 5, w 7, nb 4) 16
Total: 194 Overs: 35.5
FoW: 1-14(GJ Simmons) 2-41(S Timms) 3-60(D Mitchell) 4-68(T Anderson) 5-90(T Anderson) 6-124(J Ensbey) 7-168(M Vallette) 8-170(D Simmons) 9-187(K Richards) 10-194(T Littlechild)
Bowling: J Allen 7-0-31-2, D Cowen 6-0-20-1, Z Newton 5-0-43-1, J Barber 5-0-26-2, A Daniels 4.5-0-32-3, D Bartlett 5-0-23-1, j lane 2-0-14-0
Iluka 1st Innings
C Bell b Richards 5
B James c D Simmons b Littlechild 40
G Ryan b Vallette 65
A Daniels retired not out 20
J Barber run out 5
J Lane b Timms 2
D Bartlett lbw b Vallette 1
J Allen not out 12
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 8, nb 4) 18
SEVEN wickets for 184
Bowling: M Vallette 7-0-43-2, K Richards 4-0-23-1, J Ensbey 6-2-23-0, M Niemiec 4-0-18-0, T Littlechild 7-0-30-1, D Simmons 8-0-24-0, S Timms 3-0-16-1, T Anderson 1-0-5-1
HARWOOD Cricket Club won by 10 runs.