Harwood’s Craig Moran spanks the ball through the covers to bring up his second ton of the season.
Harwood’s Craig Moran spanks the ball through the covers to bring up his second ton of the season.

Moran blasts second ton of season

AN UNBEATEN century by Craig Moran catapulted Harwood Hilton's score to a formidable 5-324 against Tucabia-Copmanhurst GI Hotel at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

Affectionately known as 'Bones' by his teammates, Moran systematically tore the Tucabia attack apart scoring his second ton of the season.

The talented all-rounder carried his bat, finishing the day on 121 not out, with 17-year-old Nathan Essex belting a jaw-dropping 70.

Brought into the side this season Moran has been the surprise packet for the reigning premiers who look on track to win consecutive Premier League titles

Moran's century sparked scenes of jubilation as he turned to the pavilion to salute his teammates.

"I suppose I've scored two lucky ones," an exhausted Moran said as he was swamped by teammates.

"I started off a bit scratchy but a bit of luck always helps."

Elevated up the order by his skipper Tim McMahon, Moran said he is relishing the opportunity to spend more time at the crease

"I've never been given much of a chance with Harwood in the past," Moran said.

"But finally they've given me a chance and I'm going all right.

"I was just about to go and play with United, but I had better stay with Harwood a bit longer."

For McMahon it's the second time this season his side have posted an imposing total and in doing so managed to bat out their 80 overs.

"It's always our plan to bat out the overs and we did that again today," McMahon said.

"Bones has always been able to bat. He's just come up a couple of positions in the batting line-up.

"Unfortunately he will be out for the next few weeks."

When asked about Essex's whirlwind innings in the last 15-overs McMahon had one word to say, "Dangerous".

"There were about 15 overs left and he belted 70-odd. He's a very dangerous batsman in that situation," he said.

Harwood opening batsman Geoff Simmons got his side off to a positive start scoring a stoic 48, while Ben McMahon batting at six fell one short of his half-century.

Tucabia's bowlers toiled hard all day, but came in for some sever punishment when Moran and Essex decided to chance their arms.

Veteran opening bowler Chris Adamson took 3-108 off 23 overs, while Matt Pigg bowled a marathon spell finishing with 2-97 off 28 overs.

"We started out well. Ado got all the early breakthroughs but we failed to capitalise," Tucabia captain Bob McKenzie lamented.

"Bones batted really well and was their main man and anchor.

"We know if we can play our best we can still win the game."



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