STRONG START: Geoff Simmons batting for Harwood in the 2015/16 Lower Clarence Cricket Association preliminary final.
STRONG START: Geoff Simmons batting for Harwood in the 2015/16 Lower Clarence Cricket Association preliminary final. Bill North

Success starts at the top for Harwood

LCCA CRICKET: In what will be a repeat of last year's Lower Clarence First Grade final, Harwood will be looking to utilise their strong top order to get away to flier against Wanderers.

The top order, including seasoned veteran Geoff Simmons (43) and Darrell Simmons (37), was a deciding factor in Harwood's defeat of Maclean United as the team posted 7-222 off their 40 overs.

A classy half-century from Trent Anderson through the middle of the innings also helped to continue the flow of runs.

"If anyone in our top four goes on and gets a big total it usually means the rest will follow suit and get a big team score," Harwood all-rounder Carly Leeson said.

"It gives a good platform for the rest of us to really get a big score. Everyone did their job, their were two thirties, a forty and a fifty which is good to see."

Leeson backed up her batter's efforts with the ball, putting the cherry on a consistent line and length to frustrate the Maclean United batsmen into false shots.

"I think because we had scored such a big total it kind of made them come out swinging from the first ball," Leeson said.

"I was just bowling consistent areas and trying to make them play their shots. I just chucked in a few slower balls and was able to jag a couple of wickets."

Leeson ended with figures of 4-24 and said the win instilled confidence in her side to be able to give the grand final a good fight.

"We are fairly confident that we can beat Wanderers on the weeekend," she said. "We beat them in our second last round game only a couple of weeks ago.

"They all play the same batting game and like to play their shots. If they are not on their game they will leak plenty of chances, we just have to take them."



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