THERE were some close games played last week in round nine of the Shoalhaven Twilight Cricket competition starting in A grade between PB Smash and SHART at Artie Smith.
The game came down to five runs, with PB Smash taking the win.
PB Smash’s Rubes and Lucky, and SHART’s Penton retired, but Blake was best with the ball with 2/20.
At Lyrebird No 2, Brundee Cricket Club was too strong for Horsepower Garage, defeating them 150 runs to 109.
Brundee’s Chris was best with the bat to hit 62 not out.
In a high scoring game, Choices Flooring defeated Albatross Demons AFL by 25 runs at Nowra High No. 1.
Over at Lyrebird Park No. 1, Powerbuild celebrated an 18-run win over Boost Juice.
In B grade Loose Screws defeated Kohli’s at South Nowra Oval.
A very tight bowling effort and great catching by Loose Screws got them the 44-run win in the end.
At Nowra High No. 4 Bomaderry RSL defeated AKH Design Service by 27 runs, and Bomaderry Bowling Club celebrated a 42-run win over Seven and a Half Men at Nowra High No. 3.
Over at Greenwell Point Oval Sons of Pitchers defeated Callala 1.618 by 67 runs.
Luke from Sons of Pitchers scored 72 runs and Jyle was best from Callala with 54 runs.
Meanwhile a tight match was being played between Nowra Toyota and Nowra City Holden at Drexel Park.
Dubbed “the battle of the dealerships” this was always going to be an anticipated battle.
Nowra Toyota was the eventual winner, taking down Holden by 14 runs.
Nowra Toyota’s man of the match was Tim Newton, whose sweep shot took him to 30 not out. Newton also had some tight bowling figures.
For Holden, Ison carried the team, scoring a quarter of his team’s runs to retire on 37.
Holden’s fill-in Sean scored a handy three runs.
In C grade at Bomaderry Velodrome, Beechwood Homes posted their highest score of the season but could still not manage a win against Grey Power.
Homes’ Tom Smith finally managed to not run anyone out, scoring 50 not out, taking four catches, two of which were caught and bowled.
Grey Power’s pitch hitter, Paul, scored a quickfire undefeated 60 runs.
Also retiring for both teams were Lew Smith, Paul K, Dom, Mick and Wayne.
At Thurgate Oval a close match was played between Swampies and Mutineers, with Swampies the eventual winner by seven runs.
Tom and Bell retired with two great knocks for the Swampies.
The Bridge Tavern took on Hi Flyers at the Added Area with the Hi Flyers smashing their opponents by 56 runs.
Gary Hush took a couple of screamers in the deep for Bridge Tavern.
Sledging was the name of the game over at Vic Zealand Oval in the nailbiting match between Nowra Thunder and Mans No Camel.
Thunder eventually took the win by 10 runs.
For Nowra ThunderBen “Slowsy” McBen scored 73 not out and was supported by Dan Hockey (63 n.o).
For Mans No Camel, Greggy the Golfer made 116, Pauly B got a run out and Griffo retired.
Dunc was the pick of the bowlers, with Ruggy still retaining the duck suit.
It was not a pretty sight for Kenardlies at Cambewarra Oval, who went down to Shoalhaven Carpentry by 15 runs.
With no captain to steady the ship, the under strengthened Kenardlies side was bravely beaten into submission.