SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemens are in a good first round position against Ulladulla United thanks strong scores by batsman Chris Weller, Dean and Kurt Regan at Hayden Drexel Oval on Saturday.
Ulladulla won the toss and decided to send Ex-Servos in to bat first.
Ex-Servos’ Brandon Booth and Chris Apps opened the batting, but it was not long before Steve Bond claimed his first of four wickets for the day, with Apps (9) bowled with just 20 runs on the board for Ex-Servos.
Dean Trost stepped up to the crease and started to get his team onto a steady strike rate.
When Booth (17) was caught by Ulladulla wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes, Chris Weller joined Trost for what ended up to be a 89 run partnership.
Weller smashed 10 fours and two sixes before he was caught by Gilkes off a Peter Engelbrecht ball.
Trost (45) fell 13 runs later and Ex-Servos were 4/145.
The middle order of David Sloane (11), Aaron Vanesses (16), Nathan Dobeson (24), Tariqul Islam (16) and Ben Philpott (13) did well to keep the runs flowing, but Kurt Regan, batting 10th gave his team the late surge it needed to finish on 285 after 51 overs.
Regan hit four fours and one six to finish on 38 not out at the change of innings.
Bond was the best with the ball for UIladulla with 4/69 off 13 overs.
He was well supported by Tom Engelbrecht (3/46), Peter Engelbrecht (2/8) and Kane Morgan (1/23).
Ulladulla launched into bat for 25 overs to round out the day’s play.
Gilkes will start next week on 15, with Tom Engelbrecht not out on 41 after hitting five fours.
Opener Peter Engelbrecht was not long at the crease, only securing one run before he was caught by Dobeson off a Trost delivery.
Play will resume next week with Ulladulla on 1/59.