Harwood crushes Tucabia Blue
HARWOOD'S impressive winning streak continues to roll on after the cricket club demolished Tucabia-Copmanhurst blue by seven wickets at the Ulmarra Showground last weekend.
Harwood has now stretched its tally to four wins on the trot after a dominant display with both bat and ball against an 'inconsistent' Tucabia blue side.
The signs of a Harwood victory were ominous right from the onset of the match as Tucabia blue opener Nathan Dougherty (0) returned to the stands with the score reading 1/0.
Matt Dougherty (18) and Matt Kroehnert (47) laboured to steady the top half of the innings, but the failing of Bri Hourigan (3) and Greg Mears (2) undid the good work.
Geoff Boyd (16) and Steve Whitton (20) displayed the fighting spirit in the lower half, but a five wicket haul to Matt Young (5/29), backed up by a four wicket spell to Kane Aeschilmann (4/30) had Tucabia blue on the ropes for 130 runs.
“The bowlers bowled really well,” Harwood captain Tim McMahon said.
“Matt Young has 30 plus wickets for the year.
“We're really starting to hit form at the right time of the year.”
Tucabia blue were not about to roll over easily and struck almost immediately at the beginning of Harwood's innings, with Josh Gorman (2/48) claiming Geoff Simmons (1).
However the hopes of a Tucabia blue comeback quickly evaporated as Nathan Ensbey (39) and Luke Harradine (42no) pushed the game back into the favour of Harwood.
Victory was assured when Matt Ensbey chimed in with an unbeaten 32 run innings, with Harwood passed the winning margin in 29 overs.
“They bowled really well ... right lines and right areas,” Tucabia blue captain Greg Mears said.
“We just didn't handle the pressure.”