Ensbey batters, bowls over South
HARWOOD’S Nathan Ensbey destroyed South Services almost single-handedly at Harwood on Saturday with both bat and ball.
Ensbey top scored with 47 then took an astonishing 6-13 to give Harwood a decisive six-wicket victory.
South elected to bat after winning the toss and their openers, Matt Peterson (30) and Brett Woods (21), got them off to the perfect start.
After Woods departed, being clean bowled by Kane Aeschlimann, and Peterson fell to Craig Moran soon after, Ensbey set about demolishing the South batting line up, with only Brandon Honeybrook (24) showing any resistance.
“Nathan got his rewards from simply bowling stump to stump,” a delighted Harwood captain Tim McMahon said.
“Woods and Peterson batted well opening the innings and I thought apart from Nathan, Matt Young was our next best bowler.
“Matt took 0-17 and it was good to see him bowl with confidence which has been lacking in recent games. It’s nice to see him back in form and bowl with a bit more pace.”
South scrambled to be 9-106 from their 40 overs and were probably 50 runs short of placing Harwood under significant pressure.
Harwood passed South’s total in the 29th over, with Mark Ensbey 18 not out and Matt Young six not out.
Luke Harradine second top scored with a mature innings of 22 before being caught by Brett Woods from the bowling of Brendan Cleaver.
Cleaver finished with 3-25 while Jason Thompson picked up the wicket of Geoff Simmons, who had a rare failure with the bat.