Skipper's hat-trick not enough to get team over line
NOT even a hat-trick to GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst captain Brad Chard could get his team over the line against rivals Harwood on the second day of the Clarence River Cricket Association GDSC Premier League round two match at Ulmarra Showground.
Chard's exploits in dismissing Hayden McMahon caught behind, Harry Nicholson lbw from a toe-crunching yorker and Matt Young caught behind in successive balls was instrumental in keeping the Harwood total to a gettable 188.
Chard said it was the second hat-trick of his illustrious playing career, adding to one he took last season. He finished with 4 for 26 off 18 overs while Chris Adamson finished with 5 for 73 off 23.3.
But Chard's exploits with the ball was not enough to inspire the Tucabia batsmen.
"We just couldn't put a partnership together," Chard said.
"Bob McKenzie, 37, battled hard for a long time, but no-one was able to stay with him.
"I think I got 14, but that was the next top score."
It was a match for captains' performances as Chard's opposite number for Harwood, Nathan Ensbey, top scored for his team with 87.
"It was a lot easier to bat on this week, but there was still a little bit in the wicket," Ensbey said.
"We thought we might be going to get 200-plus at one stage, until Brad's burst pulled us up."
Ensbey praised his bowlers who bowled tight lines to restrict Tucabia's scoring to just 111 in reply.
"They got bogged down there for a while and that helped us pick up wickets pretty regularly," he said.
"Young Hayden McMahon and Daley Durrant did a job with us with the new ball.
"They kept it tight and made the early breakthroughs."
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