Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

It's Showtime in CRCA Major Semi Showtime; Old Heads vs Young Guns in Major Semi

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

It's Showtime in CRCA Major Semi Showtime; Old Heads vs Young Guns in Major Semi

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Byline: sport editor sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT'S A classic showdown of youth versus experience.

Harwood has been there and done it all before.

Meanwhile, Brothers are the big improvers of 2015/16 and have an impressive record against the defending premiers having beaten them both times this season.

As minor premiers, Harwood rightly start the major semi-final at Harwood Oval today as favourites. But captain Tim McMahon knows there is plenty to do over the next two days to ensure a GDSC Premier League grand final berth. "In these games, you've got to value your wicket, bowl properly and take your catches," he said.

"Both times we've played them we haven't bowled well. We've spoken about their strengths and everyone's fired up. We've just got to counteract their enthusiasm."

While the taste of victory may not be as fresh on their lips, Brothers are not completely bereft of Premier League grand final experience. Andy Lancaster scored a hundred in the 2009-10 winning side, which also featured Troy McLaren, brothers Ryan and Jarrod Lynch and a youthful Jake Kroehnert as 12th man.

"A few of the boys have been there and done it, but we're still a young side," said McLaren, who is the only player over 30 in today's line-up.

"We just have to turn up and play our game, do the basic things right and the rest should go from there. I think we'll go well."

One man who will no doubt be itching to get his finals campaign off on the front foot is Doug Harris.

The all-rounder joined Harwood this season after a long spell of outs at GDSC Easts.

"I haven't played too much Saturday finals cricket so I'm looking forward to the challenge," Harris said.

"It's a little bit new for me, but all the Harwood boys have done it a hundred times before and are old heads at it, so I'm sure they'll be able to steer me in the right direction."

Despite his surprising level of inexperience at this stage of a season, few will be surprised if Harris plays a leading role for Harwood. …

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