NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra may be sitting second last on the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association’s first grade competition ladder, however the team’s batsmen really showed they are not to be underestimated.
Norths’ top four batsmen all made over 50 runs to give their competition, Bay and Basin, a massive 354 total to attempt to chase down in day two of the match this Saturday.
Luck was on Norths’ side at the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex on Saturday, as the team won the toss and elected to bat first.
Nick McDonald and Hugh Gillen opened the batting for Norths and made a solid 136 run partnership.
McDonald smashed eight fours and two sixes to make 81 runs before he was caught by Heath Tan off a Jonathan Hill delivery.
Gillen (58) hit seven fours to be dismissed 20 runs later, after he was caught by wicketkeeper Brandon Labb off a Dave Rickwood ball.
Graham Davidson was quick to step up to crease and prove his worth. Davidson hit 11 fours and one six to make 101 before he retired hurt.
His partner, Dean Tyson, also had a long spell at the crease, hitting seven boundaries to make 64 before he was caught by Shannon O’Bierne off a Labb delivery.
Tristian Woods was unlucky to be run out for two runs, as was Cameron Campbell, who was bowled by Philip Leyshon. Shane Bell made 32 before he was bowled by Hill, with Norths declaring at 8/354 after 80 overs.
Leyshon (2/34) and Hill (2/49) were best with the ball for Basin, wih Rickwood (1/27) and Labb (1/79) also claiming a wicket each.
Basin showed a united effort in the field, with Tan, Ladd, Leyshon and Rickwood all taking a catch, and Dolby securing a run out.