FOUR batsmen reached half-centuries for Berry-Shoalhaven Heads in their first innings against Bomaderry at Bomaderry Oval.
Bomaderry’s bowlers slaved away in the heat as Kerry Penfold (60), Dale Lovatt (60), Chris McCarron (55) and Glenn Brandon (50) all reached the milestone to help the Magpies post a very competitive 8/280.
Penfold wasted no time in taking advantage of his decision to bat first and along with Brandon, posted 91 for the first wicket, before Ben Lynch got the first breakthrough of the afternoon for Bomaderry.
Bomaderry fought their way back in briefly when Carl Lang was out cheaply. Michael Lees and danger man Penfold and Daniel Troy soon followed.
But the Magpies had a resurgence in the middle-order with Dale Lovatt and Chris McCarron letting off some fireworks.
McCarron smashed his 55 runs in 54 balls including nine fours and a six, while Lovatt hit 10 fours to get the equal top score of 60.
Lovatt’s knock capped off a great day for the youngster after he had already scored a century in under 16s earlier in the day.
It was a long day for the Bomaderry quicks, but John Muggleton (3/44 off 16) and Jordan Matthews (2/56 off 17) did their best in the tough conditions.
With a big total on the board, the Magpies should feel pretty comfortable going into the second day, but their bowlers will have to back up the effort with the bat.
Bomaderry skipper Jordan Matthews admitted their batting let them down last season, but they will certainly need to be on their game next Saturday with a big total to chase.