Three on the trot for dominant Harwood
CRCA CRICKET: It was a top-notch team effort which led to Harwood clinching the Clarence River Cricket Association Premier League premiership for a third year in a row and fourth time in five years.
It was a batting display that defied belief in the grand final against Tucabia Copmanhurst as Harwood piled on the runs all day Saturday and into Sunday morning to post 6 for 376.
Mark Ensbey hit an unbeaten 130, but it was the support cast of Harrison Nicholson (58), Doug Harris (58) and Ben McMahon (35) in the later stages who allowed Ensbey to score freely.
"Our top order needed to fire and we did," Harwood captain Nathan Ensbey said.
"I can't speak highly enough of Harrison, Doug, and of course, Mark Ensbey - what an effort from him, 130 not out.
"Mark was 12 runs off about 25 overs there at one stage; he definitely did the hard yards. Chardy and Addo were bowling well at him. He saw off that intense spell and took advantage of the flat deck after to get us to a winning total of 370.
"There are not many individuals in our team; it has always been a team effort. There has been blokes standing up all the way through the batting order and all the way through the bowling order, and I think that is why we have been so dominant this year."
Harwood struggled for consistent breakthroughs with the ball in hand, but conservative spin bowling through the middle overs dried up Tucabia's run-scoring opportunities.
Off-spinning all-rounder Doug Harris strangled the Tucabia middle-order with five consecutive maiden overs and picked up the important wicket of Tucabia veteran Matt Pigg (41).
"There was not a lot in the wicket in the middle overs when the ball was old," Ensbey said.
"A lot of our young blokes have proven themselves bowling spin this year.
"We needed to dry up the runs. Dougy is a quality all-rounder and he came on and did the job for us.
"It probably was not our best performance with the ball in the end this year. It's all experience for the guys."
After three consecutive premierships, Ensbey suggested his side is eyeing off a Westlawn record of five in a row.
"I was confident our boys could get across the line, and they did," Ensbey said.
CLARENCE RIVER CRICKET ASSOCIATION
GDSC PREMIER LEAGUE
HARWOOD V TUCABIA-COPMANHURST
At Ellem Oval
Harwood 1st Innings
H Nicholson lbw b Chard 58
N Ensbey c Dougherty b Adamson 10
D Harris c Pardoe b Pigg 58
MA Ensbey not out 130
BG McMahon c Blanch b Adamson 35
MN Young b Adamson 2
HJ McMahon c Blanch b 3
NA Essex not out 28
Extras (b 22, lb 20, w 10, nb 0) 52
SIX wickets for 376
FoW: 1-30(N Ensbey) 2-113(H Nicholson) 3-161(D Harris) 4-288(BG McMahon) 5-296(MN Young) 6-313(HJ McMahon)
Bowling: B Chard 30-8-67-1, CA Adamson 23-5-76-4, BR Pardoe 18-1-95-0, MC Pigg 15-2-47-1, TJ Blackadder 8-0-32-0, JG Powell 2-0-17-0.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst 1st Innings
MJ Blanch c Many b HJ McMahon 14
MJ Dougherty lbw b HJ McMahon 9
BJ McKenzie c MA Ensbey b JT 44
MC Pigg c MA Ensbey b Harris 41
BR Pardoe c HJ McMahon b Johnson 21
AJ Buchanan c & b BG McMahon 44
CA Adamson lbw b Harris 12
DJ Cootes c MA Ensbey b Harris 23
B Chard b BG McMahon 60
TJ Blackadder c Essex b BG McMahon 21
JG Powell not out 1
Extras (b 7, lb 5, w 0, nb 6) 18
FoW: 1-16(MJ Dougherty) 2-50(MJ Blanch) 3-77(BJ McKenzie) 4-116(BR Pardoe) 5-158(MC Pigg) 6-198(CA Adamson) 7-200(AJ Buchanan) 8-258(DJ Cootes) 9-305(B Chard) 10-308(TJ Blackadder)
Bowling: NA Essex 16-2-51-0, HJ McMahon 8-1-29-2, BG McMahon 8.4-0-32-3, LD Johnson 12-0-39-1, JT McMahon 6-0-44-1, Many 10-2-29-0, D Harris 23-8-60-3, MN Young 2-0-12-0.
- Harwood won by 68 runs