KEY PLAYER: Harwood bowler Luke Many during day 1 of the CRCA Premier League cricket grand final between Harwood and Brothers at Ellem Oval last year.
KEY PLAYER: Harwood bowler Luke Many during day 1 of the CRCA Premier League cricket grand final between Harwood and Brothers at Ellem Oval last year. Debrah Novak

Harwood look to the Many as injuries take toll

CRICKET: While it is not properly billed as a top-of- the-table clash - due to Tucabia-Copmanhurst GI Hotel slipping to third after being docked four points for a MyCricket infringement - the match between Tucabia and Harwood Hilton sure feels like a top end spectacle.

But it will be a battle of attrition for both outfits with big-name players missing at either end of the wicket.

Tucabia will be without a rejuvenated Chris Adamson who wound back the clock in the first half of the season, bowling some of the fastest deliveries in several seasons in Premier League.

Meanwhile Harwood will be without wicketkeeper Hayden McMahon and boom all-rounder Brandon "Bear” Honeybrook through injury while opening bowler Mark Valette is rated only a 50-50 chance of playing.

Tucabia president Derek Woods said it would be tough to continue the club's rich vein of form without one of its strike bowlers, but was excited to welcome Tom Cootes into the Premier League fold.

Cootes is the younger brother of club stalwart Dan Cootes, and will be utilised for his ability with both bat and ball.

"We are hoping Tommy sort of becomes a regular fixture in our top grade side,” Woods said.

"He is an all-rounder who has plenty of talent and can slot into the line-up anywhere from one through to eleven.”

Woods said the club was looking forward to hitting the reset switch heading into the second half of the 2017/18 GDSC Premier League season.

"I don't think it matters where you are on the table, whether its top or bottom, you really just start over again after Christmas,” Woods said.

"We are just wanting to build some momentum heading into the back half of the year.”

Harwood captain Nathan Ensbey said he would be turning to more of his experienced guard to help pick up the extra workload.

"Luke Many will really be the key for our side,” Ensbey said.

"His batting and his bowling is really suited to these one-day games and we will need the extra overs.”

In other CRCA Premier League action Brothers Clocktower Hotel will face a Jacaranda Hotel Westlawn side that will be looking for a big impact from Gold Coast import Bryce Speechley.

At Lower Fisher Park, South Services will be searching for its first win of the season as the side matches up against GDSC Easts. Easts' only win of the season came in the second round against South Services when British opener Mack Spencer hit a season-high 74 not out.

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