DALE Lovatt is not likely to forget the opening day of the 2013/14 season in a hurry after stealing the show in under 16s and first grade on Saturday.
Lovatt’s long day started at Bernie Regan, where he made a century in his debut for North Nowra-Cambewarra in the under 16s in the morning and was topped off by an equal top score of 60 for Berry- Shoalhaven Heads in first grade in the afternoon.
He was one of four batsmen in the Magpies line up to reach 50, which has put them in a commanding position after they racked up 8/280 in their game against Bomaderry at Bomaderry Oval.
Conditions also favoured the batsmen at Hanging Rock, where Batemans Bay made their Shoalhaven debut against Bay and Basin.
The newcomers showed early signs they mean business, declaring at 5/300 after Matt Sethi scored the first century of the first grade season with an unbeaten 101.
Defending premiers Shoal-haven Ex-Servicemen made a good start with the bat at the new turf at Ulladulla Sports Park against Ulladulla United, with Paul Meakins making 73 in their innings of 9/238.
In the fourth game of the afternoon, Nowra well and truly dominated against North Nowra-Cambewarra at Nowra Showground.
Desperate to put their off-field misfortunes from last season behind them, Nowra made a perfect start with 6/274 declared after they batted first.
The decision to declare late in the day looks like a stroke of genius after the Norths batsmen slumped to 8/16 in their struggle to bat out the remainder of the day.