TWO half centuries by North Nowra-Cambewarra batmen was still not enough to secure the win for the visitors, who played Nowra at Nowra Showground on Saturday.
The teams were lucky to get a game in, in a day that was plagued with patchy weather.
But despite ranking last on the ladder, and coming up against the number two team, Norths gave Nowra a scare as they powered to 7/135 in the reduced 35 overs.
Nowra won the toss and sent Norths in to bat first.
Opener Alan Muggleton soon proved to be a problem for the Nowra bowlers, despite the early loss of Cameron Campbell (1), Michael Davey (0), Sam Austin (0) and Brent Herdman (3).
Muggleton hit eight fours and one six on his way to 55, before he was caught by Jordan Pearson off a Bryce Byrne ball.
But before he was dismissed, Muggleton saw the loss of Joseph Davey (4) and created a 57-run partnership with Chris Agar.
After Muggleton was dismissed, Agar went on to make 50 runs, with Brett Mark (8 n.o) and Joel Webeck (0 n.o) taking their team to the 135-run total.
Nowra stepped up to the crease and were 2/17 after the early loss of Cameron Fernie (6) and Adam Weller (2).
Opener John White (10) was next to fall after he was caught by Webeck off an Austin delivery, but Brad Ison (24) and Jono Clack (23) did well from the middle order to push the runs through.
John King (19) and Tom Jennings (4) were at the crease at the 22nd over with the weather winning out and the match was called to an end.
With Nowa sitting on 5/102, they were declared the winners.
Over at Bomaderry Oval, Berry celebrated a hard-fought win over Bomaderry in a match that went down to the last wicket in the dying overs.
Bonmadery won the toss and went in to bat first.
The top order was not counting on Berry’s not so secret weapon in Daniel Hockey, who took 5/15 in the innings and reduced some of Bomaderry’s big hitters to a meagre total.
Bomaderry were 8/65 and looking like they may be padding up sooner than expected.
But it was Matt Bell who gave them a fighting chance.
Batting seventh, Bell made 47 runs, including seven fours and one six, before he was bowled by Luke Saare.
A nice bottom order partnership between Josh Ingold (23) and Anthony Johnston (21 n.o) took Bomaderry to 148 runs.
Berry went in to bat and were helped by top scores from John Lloyd-Jones (30), Peter O’Keeffe (27) and Luke Saare (14) which had them well on the way to a win.
But with nine wickets down and four runs left for the win, Hockey and Allan Timbs had to tread carefully to make up the final runs.
Lucky for Berry the men sealed the deal and the game was over after Berry’s 37th over.
Matt Bell continued his good form with the bat to his bowling, taking 3/27.
He was supported by Michael Blattner, who took 2/26.
A controversial game was played at Lighthouse Oval between Batemans Bay and Bay and Basin.
After making 135 runs in their innings thanks largely to a good knock by Corey McAlpin (43), Batemans Bay took to the field to bowl Basin out for the win.
Good hits by Bay and Basin;s Connor McQueen (25), Joel Lahene (24) and Michael Dolby (25 n.o) had Bay and Basin on 9/116 before play was brought to a halt due to bad lighting in controversial circumstances.
Both captains had expressed a desire to play out the match, but it was brought to an end with Bay and Basin winning on run rate.
Despite the controversial end, the game was played in good spirit and was a close and competitive match.