Harvey’s efforts in vain as Townville lose in semi-final

Conor Harvey.
Conor Harvey.

Townville were unable to make it through to a first Priestley Cup final when they were beaten by Woodlands on Sunday.

In a reduced overs semi-final, Townville went down by five wickets after posting an under par score when batting first against the twice winners of the competition.

Rain relented to allow for a 35-over contest, but Townville’s hopes were hit early as they were reduced to 52-5.

Connor Harvey tried to turn the match back the hosts’ way as he hit three sixes and five fours in a 48-ball knock of 49 and at least they reached the respectability of 136 all out.

However, they knew they faced a tough task to defend the score and Woodlands reached their target with 3.3 overs to spare. They were made to work for the win with Harvey following up his batting exploits by opening with four straight maidens. He went on to take 1-17 in seven overs with Richie Bresnan claiming 2-35, but Woodlands gradually increased the tempo of their innings to deny Townville a place in the final.