THE first points of the season are on the line tomorrow as we go into day two of the opening round of Shoalhaven Cricket.
Bomaderry have a big chase ahead of them if they are going to take first innings points against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads and Ulladulla need a good day with the bat if they are going to overcome Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen.
After posting 300 with the bat, newcomers Batemans Bay will go into day two full of confidence against Bay and Basin, while North-Nowra Cambewarra have a huge task to avoid an outright defeat at the hands of a fired up Nowra.
Nowra v North Nowra-Cambewarra
FORGET about the follow on, North Nowra-Cambewarra will resume tomorrow in danger of being bowled out for their lowest ever total.
Norths were put in late on day one after Nowra declared at 6/274 and quickly slumped to 8/16 from the 11 overs they faced.
So far all the damage has been done by Alex Legge and Justin Weller, who have each picked up 4/8.
Needless to say winning the first innings points looks a certainty for Nowra and if they can take the last two wickets quickly they could seal a place in history.
Norths still have a bit to do if they are going to beat their lowest total against Nowra of 35, made in 2005-06 and their lowest ever total of 28 against Berry in 2007-08.
A bit of food for thought there, but it is all hypothetical if Nowra are unable to take the last two wickets quickly.
Nowra all-rounder Michael Coulter said they will go into day two in a very strong position, but the job is not done yet.
“Our first goal is to take the next two, then sends them back in and push for the outright,” he said.
“We’ve made a very good start and I think we’ll all be a bit disappointed if we can’t finish it off from here,” he added.
It was a good day for their newcomers with the bat, with opener Lewis O’Brien making 62, while Scott Fagerlund scored 50 not out in his first game for the club.
Coulter said they were always going to let Fagerlund reach his 50, but after that they wanted to try to get a couple of wickets before the end of play.
While he thought two or three early breakthroughs were a possibility, Coulter said he was surprised they managed to get eight.
An outright win would be the ideal way to start the season off for Nowra, but Coulter said he is expecting Norths to come out a lot stronger tomorrow.
“I think they’ll have something to prove so we will definitely have to lift.”
Batemans Bay v Bay and Basin
BATEMANS Bay goes into day two against Bay and Basin in a strong position after posting 5/300 with the bat.
Matt Sethi was the star for the Tigers with an unbeaten 101, while Paul Gallen (65) and Marc Stiller (60 n.o) created some nightmares for the Basin bowlers.
Bay and Basin had a few overs to bat last week and will resume tomorrow at 1/11.
While Batemans Bay skipper Andrew Malcolm was pleased with their start, he knows they still have plenty of work to do.
“We’ve still got nine wickets to take, so our aim is to get some early wickets and put a bit of pressure on them,” he said.
“I expect they will go in intending to bat the day out and from what I hear their captain Jonathan Hill is a pretty good bat, so we need some breakthroughs,” he added.
Malcolm said the declaration was more about Sethi reaching his ton and it was only by coincidence they finished up on 300.
Going into the game, Malcolm had some doubts about their batting, but is confident they have bowling line-up to get the job done.
“I’m hoping we can go out there all fired up and take some early wickets.
“If we can dismiss them early, who knows, we might even be a chance for an outright but I haven’t put too much thought into that yet.”
Malcolm said his side is excited to make history as the first club since Gerringong in 1945-46 to play in the competition from outside the Shoalhaven Local Government Area.
He said it is looking like a good move for the club and all signs have been really positive so far.
Bomaderry v Berry-Shoalhaven Heads
CONDITIONS definitely favoured the batsmen in hot conditions on day one at Bomaderry Oval.
The Magpies showed there are plenty of runs in the deck with their first innings total of 8/280, leaving Bomaderry with plenty to do on day two.
Openers Kerry Penfold (60) and Glenn Brandon (50) got the gauntlet rolling with half-centuries and Chris McCarron (55) and Dale Lovatt (60) kept the scoreboard ticking over in the middle order.
The Bomaderry batsmen did not get a chance to have a hit last week, so they will go in fresh, but with a big job to do.
Bomaderry skipper Jordan Matthews said their batting let them down last season so starting things off by chasing a big total could be the way to change that.
Their batting line-up receives a boost, with Nick Jennings coming in for Blake Munilla, while they will look to others like Paul Sawkins and Jason Bell to get them off to a good start.
Berry hold the upper hand with runs already on the board, but their bowlers will now need to back up their solid batting effort if they are going to turn it into points.
Ulladulla United v Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen
SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemen’s first innings loss to Ulladulla early last season almost cost them their place in the finals and they will want to make sure it does not happen again tomorrow.
Ex-Servos batted out the first day for a strong total of 9/238 with Paul Meakins (73) and Simon Schmotz (40) contributing the most with the bat.
Having lost their opening bowlers Lain Beckett and Brady Spelta from last year’s grand final team, Ex-Servos have a different looking attack that will be keen to prove themselves early.
Ex-Servos should have enough runs for first innings points if they can bowl well, but it remains to be seen how Ulladulla will fare with the bat.
Ulladulla opener Peter King took the first five-wicket haul of the season with his 5/68 from 24 overs last week and if they can produce some similar performances with the bat, they have every chance.
Ulladulla captain Aaron Wester was very optimistic about their chances this season and they will be keen to prove they are a side to look out for by starting with a win.