Harwood Hilton batsmen Tom Kroehnert
Harwood Hilton batsmen Tom Kroehnert

Kroehnert served up 'belter' pitch

ULMARRA Showground curator Tom Kroehnert served up a 'belter' of a pitch on Saturday and the Harwood Hilton batsmen took full advantage.

Smashing huge totals has become second nature this season for the reigning premiers and against Brothers Clocktower Hotel it was once again stand-and-deliver stuff.

Harwood finished their innings at an imposing 5-284 before dismissing the opposition for 192 to wrap up a comfortable win ahead of the Christmas break.

The Harwood top-order took no prisoners on Saturday with Craig Moran smashing an unbeaten 72 while Geoff Simmons (47), and Nathan Essex (46) also cashed in on a batsman-friendly pitch.

Chasing an enormous target, Brothers captain Mick Summers (54) and Andrew Lancaster (41) both batted like there was nothing to lose.

They both produced entertaining knocks with Lancaster %particularly harsh on anything short.

Lancaster did however face some testing moments including when a thunderbolt from Essex reared off a good length and struck the flamboyant batsman in the head.

Shaken but not stirred, Lancaster remained at the crease and continued to belt the ball to all parts of the ground until he was brilliantly stumped down the leg side by Harwood skipper Tim McMahon.

McMahon said he was impressed with Essex's performance with the ball and the pace the young quick generated during the match.

"It was probably the quickest Nathan's bowled all season," he said.

"He bowled really well and continually had the batsmen on the back foot."

The competition will now be on hold for the Christmas period with play to resume on January 7.



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