Harwood prevail in action-packed night cricket clash
NIGHT CRICKET: Harwood made certain it is the first team through to the 2015/16 Cleavers Night Cricket grand final after recording a 35-run win over Tucabia Copmanhurst at McKittrick Park on Wednesday night.
It was a case of which team had the better support cast to decide the round 16 contest as the two top scorers, Harwood's Ben McMahon with 74 not out and Tucabia's Bob McKenzie, 73, all but cancelled each other out.
Harwood's support players Nathan Ensbey with 42 and Matt Farrell with 32 propelled their team to a match-winning 4 for 205 from 30 overs.
For Tucabia Brayden Pardoe opened with 30 and was the second wicket to fall at 67 when Tucabia looked on track for a surprise victory.
But with the next best a trio of scores in the low teens, Tucabia fell 35 short when their overs ran out at 8 for 170.
Left arm quick Brad Chard made early inroads picking up the dangerous Brendan O'Connor for 2 and bowling first drop Mark Ensbey for 10. He went for seven an over, but picket up three of the four wickets to fall.
McMahon and Farrell then steered the team out of its early trouble.
Farrell fell to the off-spin of young Joe Pigg, but Harwood skipper Nathan Ensbey joined McMahon to accelerate the scoring.
McKenzie was at his big hitting best in the run chase.
His 73 included seven fours and three sixes, but after Pardoe's dismissal wickets began falling quickly.
The fall of wickets also slowed the run chase leaving Tucabia well short when the final over came.
Jacob McMahon had the best figures with 2 for 27 from four overs, but it was the cumulative tidy economy rate from all the leading Harwood bowlers which put pressure on the Tucabia run chase.
Tucabia will join Coutts Crossing in the semi-finals unless South Services spring a big victory over Brothers in the last round on and progress on March 2. Souths need to reverse a net runrate deficit to steal third spot.
Meanwhile next week GDSC Easts play Westlawn.