IF early signs are anything to go by, then newcomers Batemans Bay could be a force to be reckoned with in their first season in Shoalhaven Cricket.
No one really knew what to expect from Batemans Bay in their first season since leaving the Eurobodalla competition, but they would have to be happy with their position after day one against Bay and Basin at Hanging Rock.
The home side won the toss and batted first, with openers Paul Gallen(presumably not the Blues Origin captain) and Gavin Ladmore getting their side off to a flying start with an 83-run partnership for the first wicket.
Ladmore made a handy 43 before he became the first wicket to fall for the afternoon.
This brought the highly-rated Matt Sethi to the crease and he certainly lived up to skipper Andrew Malcolm’s expectations.
Gallen and Sethi combined well for the second wicket, pushing their total onto 168 before Gallen was dismissed for 65.
Basin then picked up the next three batsmen cheaply, with their captain Jonathan Hill taking two wickets, until Marc Stiller came out at number seven to steady the ship.
Stiller made 60 not out, while Sethi notched up the first century for the 2013/14 season with an unbeaten knock of 101.
With Sethi reaching his century and the score ticking over to 5/300, the home side declared and put Basin in the vulnerable position of having only a few overs to survive before stumps.
Heath Tan and Andrew Woolfe did their best to play out the last few overs before the end of play, but the declaration looked like a good decision when Tan was out caught for two off the bowling of Tom Bennett.
With stumps called after the fall of the wicket, Basin finished the day at 1/11 with plenty of work to do next week to get back in the game.