LIKE a quality boxing match between two tough heavyweights, North Nowra – Cambewarra and Bay and Basin stood toe to toe and traded blows throughout two tough days of competition at Bernie Regan Sporting complex.
In the end the drawn result was a fitting outcome and while Basin were never in with a chance of victory they refused to give in even when the final nail as being hammered into their coffin.
Norths would have been happy and confident with their day one effort that saw them post 354 runs, but as Bay and Basin headed to the crease to start day two their plan was to dig in their heels and bat out the day.
Brandon Labb (16) and Heath Tan (31) got things off to a steady start for Basin. But when Hugh Gillen claimed the scalp of danger man Jono Hill (9) and Luke Harding for a duck, Basin started to get the wobbles. The wickets were the start of a marathon 24 over innings for Gillen that resulted in five wickets.
Phil Leyshon got things back on track for Basin and looked settled until he was run out on 34.
At 6/135 Norths could smell the first inning points but Basin were obviously not going down without a fight. Dave Rickwood steeped up with 33, batting at number eight but at 9/160 it looked to be all over. However Brad Miller (19 n.o) and Joel Lahene (17 n.o) refused to budge and survived until stumps to force the draw.
Best for the Norths bowling attack were Hugh Gillen 5/85 from 24 overs .