IT was always going to be a tight match between second placed Bomaderry and third placed Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.
But Bomaderry has not made it easy on its northern neighbours, posting 210 runs in day one of the two-day clash.
In the scorching heat at Bomaderry Oval, Bomaderry won the toss and elected to bat first.
Scott Fagerlund and Jarryd Sue got their team off to a good start, with seven boundaries between them.
However Fagerlund was soon caught for 11 runs by Paul Clements off a Chris McCarron ball.
Travis Roth stepped up to bat, however he was found LBW off a McCarron delivery to be out for a duck.
Sue (33) was next to fall, followed by Jason Bell (2), Blake Munilla (20) and Nick Jennings (4), who all escaped the heat early.
Bomaderry was 6/77 and looking for a big hitter to get the runs it needed.
Jordan Matthews turned out to be that man. Batting eighth, Matthews was steady at the crease and took his time to hit eight fours before he was caught by Clements off an Aaron McElhinney delivery for 72 runs.
Hugh Rigney and Matt Bell were left at the crease to round out the day, with Rigney (34 n.o) and Bell (9 n.o) taking their team to 210 at stumps.
Berry’s McCarron had a busy day with the ball. From his 17 overs, he bowled 4/53, five maiden overs, and no sundries. He was supported by David Crapp (2/29), Ty Cherry (1/16) and McElhinney (1/30).
Best on the field for Berry was Paul Clements, who took two catches, and McCarron and Milne, who both took a catch each.