SOME good and bad decisions were made on day one between Nowra and North Nowra-Cambewarra at Nowra Showground on Saturday.
The decision by Nowra skipper Rohan Hutchison to declare with overs remaining was a good move, but Norths might have been wondering why they elected to bowl first at stumps.
Nowra made the most of their opportunity after they were sent in, posting 6/274 from their 62 overs.
With plenty of time left in the day, Norths ended up with 11 overs to bat before stumps.
While Nowra would definitely been hoping for a couple of wickets, few could have guessed they would have their opponents reeling at 8/16 at the end of the day.
Alex Legge and Justin Weller both ripped through the Norths top order, each claiming 4/8 to put them close to taking first innings points on day one.
Earlier on Nowra opener Lewis O’Brien top-scored with 62, while Scott Fagerlund (50 not out) also made a half-century in his first game for the club.
Adam Ison was the only Nowra batsman to miss out, after he was out LBW for five, but all the others made starts.
Michael Coulter and Daniel Bryant each made 30, while Chris Nation hit five fours and a six on his way to an unbeaten 47.
Liam O’Brien fared the best with the ball for Norths with 2/42 from his 16 overs, while Nick McDonald took 2/43 from eight.
Needless to say Norths will need more than a slight wag of the tail if they are going to escape a heavy defeat next week, although they will be hoping they can start fresh in the second innings.
While Nowra managed to have a great day on the field, the club was saddened by the tragic death of Kane Vandenberg on Friday.
Vandenberg was a former Nowra and Ex-Servos player and the Nowra players wore black arm bands in his memory.