WELCOME RETURN: Steven Timms (left) builds a partnership with Geoff Simmons at Harwood Oval. Timms returned to the Lower Clarence this season.
WELCOME RETURN: Steven Timms (left) builds a partnership with Geoff Simmons at Harwood Oval. Timms returned to the Lower Clarence this season. Debrah

Timms factor coincides in form surge for Harwood

LCCA CRICKET: Despite their namesake, Steven Timms and Peter Timms met each other for the first time at Harwood Oval last Saturday.

The pair, who batted three and four, have both joined Harwood mid-season adding much-needed depth to the Lower Clarence First Grade side.

"Steven grew up playing in the Lower Clarence and played for Harwood until he moved overseas about 10 years ago,” Harwood captain Matt Peterie said.

"He moved back to the area late last year. I rang him as soon as I heard he was coming back to town.

"Peter is a Brisbane boy working on the highway at Harwood Bridge and is mates with Dane Mitchell.”

"They're not related as far as we know. They only met each other for the first time last weekend.

"At the start of the season I knew Steven Timms was coming and knew what we were getting. But I never expected Peter Timms. He's been a great addition, just makes our batting and bowling stronger.

"I'm still getting to know him. He says he hasn't played for a while but I can tell he has played a bit of cricket.

Steven has now played four games including a match-defining 33 in a 107-run 2nd wicket partnership with Dane Mitchell (82) in the win over Maclean United in round eight.

Peter has played twice, returning scores of 33 and 24, and bowling figures of 5 for 20 and 2 for 17.

Their addition has coincided with a rich vein of form Harwood, who are currently placed third on the ladder and will be looking to maintain an unbeaten run since Christmas when they take on competition leaders Wanderers at Barry Watts Oval today. Peterie confirmed both players will be in action again for the round 15 blockbuster.

"They're definitely keen and they're the type of people that I want in my side,” he said.

"There's been a really good vibe since Christmas and team spirit's high,” Peterie said.

"The Wanderers have been a very good side for a long time and playing them is always a challenge. Against them, sometimes you can find out exactly where you are as a side.

"Obviously Bear (Brandon Honeybrook) is their big player that we have to nulllify with both bat and ball, but they have strength across the park.

"If we want to be any chance of top two we definitely have to win it. But I'm not even worrying about that. We've just got to focus on continuing to play good cricket.”

Lawrence will be playing to keep its season alive when they travel to Iluka Oval. Maclean United has the bye.



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