BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads batsman Nathan Thomas caused problems for the Bomaderry bowlers, hitting 75 runs in the season opener at Berry Sporting Complex on Saturday.
Bomaderry’s Matt Bell turned his dangerous arm on the Berry line-up to take six wickets for the day, but it was Bomaderry veteran Michael Blattner who eventually silenced Thomas after he smashed nine fours and three sixes.
It was a perfect day to start the season and Berry took full advantage after they won the toss and elected to bat first.
Openers James Carroll (27) and Connor Edenden (30) put 54 on the board before Edenden was caught by Josh Ingold off a Matt Bell delivery.
History repeated itself in just a matter of overs after Carroll was also caught by Ingold off a Bell delivery, with Berry 3/79 after John Lloyd-Jones (11) was found LBW by Matt Lees.
Thomas (75) and Peter O’Keeffe (22) took Berry to 169 when Thomas was bowled by Blattner, with Matt Florence (38) providing some strong support from the middle order.
Berry finished their innings all out for 276 after 67 overs.
Bell (6/39) was the strongest for the Bomaderry bowlers, but found support from Nathan Wallace (1/52), Matt Lees (1/26), Blattner (1/21) and Ingold (1/21).
Blattner (1 n.o) and Johnston (2 n.o) went in to bat for five overs and will resume next Saturday.