DESPITE Batemans Bay sitting high on the under 10s modified competition ladder, you could not split them and Ex-Servos/Bomaderry on Saturday with the match between the teams ending in a tie.
Ex-Servos/Bomaderry won the toss at Surfside and elected to bat first.
Openers Baden Manwarring (3) and Sam Parkinson (3) got their team off to a good start before the lower order of Emelia Matthews (7), Ben Rowland (11), Freya Edwards-Villalta (9) and Kyeden Booth (15) helped boost their team to a 79-run total at the end of their 25 overs.
Batemans Bay showed their depth with the leather, with Lachlan Smith (1/5), Kayhlia Burch (1/14), Jackson Lerman-Denford (1/7), Jack McAteer (1/6) Mark Tuckwell (1/6) and Lachlan Malcolm (1/11) all claiming wickets.
Lachlan Malcolm was also best on field with one catch and two runouts.
Bay was eager to chase down the runs and showed their well-rounded batting line-up with top scores from Jed Salmon (8) and Lachlan Smith (11) before the ninth and 10th batsman in Lachlan Malcolm and Ryan Smith were left to scramble for runs in the last few overs of the day.
Both boys did exceptionally well under pressure, with Lachlan Malcolm hitting two boundaries on his way to 16 runs.
But the Ex-Servos/Bomaderry team were determined not to lose and some tight bowling from Matthew Spinks (1/7), Tobias Hetherington (1/18), Kyeden Booth (1/4), Ben Rowland (1/7) and Tim Hopkin (1/4) meant the game finished in a tie, with both teams on 79 runs.
Some excellent fielding from Berry-Shoalhaven Heads helped them secure a 41-run win over North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons at the Berry Sporting Complex.
Batting first Norths reached 14/73, thanks to some good batting from Tim Abbott (11) and Micah Edwards (9).
Ollie Muller was the best of the Berry bowlers taking 2/11, Jasper Leung claimed 1/4, and Baxter Scully took 1/8.
Berry reached 7/114 off its 25 overs. Muller completed a good double with 14, Saxon Hilkemeijer scored 10, while Cooper Bramley and Christian Page each scored eight runs.
Micah Edwards was the pick of the Norths bowlers taking 1/11 off four overs, Josh McDonald also took 1/11, Declan Adlington claimed 1/12 and Will McDonald 1/18.
Over at Bernie Regan, North Nowra Cambewarra Blues only lost four wickets in their 91-run win over Nowra.
Nowra won the toss and sent the Blues in to bat first.
Blues were effective at the crease right from their openers with Jasper Dunn smashing two fours and a barrage of singles to make 15 runs, and his partner Brodie Arkinstall losing no wickets to make six.
But it was Marley Arthur at the bottom end of the innings who really stole the show.
Arthur batted twice and in his first spell hit three boundaries to make 17 runs.
In his second time at the crease, Arthur took two overs to warm up, making just one run.
But in his third over he smashed four consecutive boundaries and another two in his fourth to make 25 runs and top score for the team.
This, combined with a good knock from Tayla Dunn 15 took the Blues to a net total of 176 runs at the change of innings.
Best with the ball for Nowra were Tobi Johnston (1/7) and Lachlan Davis (1/6).
Nowra stepped up to the crease full of enthusiasm and heart despite the hefty total they needed to chase down.
Solid scores throughout the innings kept the runs ticking over.
Batting 10th, Mitchell Downey hit four fours on his way t0 top score for his team on 17 runs, but this was not enough against the might of the Blues bowlers.
The likes of Brodie Arkinstall (2/2), Marley Arthur (2/5), Jasper Dunn (1/2), Riley Simms (1/12), Tayla Dunn (1/13) and Erica Dwight (1/9) reduced Nowra to 85 runs at the end of the 25 overs.