Weather key to result
WITH a home major semi-final at stake, Harwood captain Tim McMahon will be praying for good weather today for their clash with South.
It’s a must-win situation for Harwood, who sit atop the Premier League ladder, five points ahead of Westlawn.
“At this stage we will be lucky to get a game in. We’ve had about 10 inches of rain since Monday ... the wicket and outfield is pretty wet at the moment,” Mc Mahon said.
Last weekend Harwood batted first on a wicket which provided plenty of sideways movement for the South bowlers. Harwood were dismissed for 139 and South resume today at 1-23.
With Westlawn in a commanding position against Tucabia White, Harwood will need to not only get on the paddock but pick up first innings points.
“Westlawn are in the box seat at the moment and should end up with first innings points. If our game is abandoned we are likely to miss out on the minor premiership,” McMahon said.
Although only requiring 116 runs for victory, batting on a rain-affected pitch will be a difficult task for South, who have failed to impress with the bat this season.
McMahon said it was important for his bowlers to get early wickets and make use of a pitch, which should be bowler friendly.
“We need to get ‘Woodsy’ out early and Tom Kroehnert seems to be hitting the ball all right at the moment,” he said.
South’s Jason Thompson said his side was confident of running down the small total and was aware the pitch may have the last say. “I’m confident in our guys getting the runs. We still have Woods, Kroehnert, Fletcher, Peterson and Chris Cleaver to bat,” Thompson said.
“Chris has been batting exceptionally well at late and 116 is not a lot of runs.
“Hopefully we can get a game in. I didn’t think we would play last week with all the rain around but we managed to get in a full day’s play.
“There was movement in the pitch last week and there will probably be the same amount today.”
Harwood will still be missing paceman Kane Aeschlimann who is recovering from a hamstring injury.