Dudgeon and O’Keeffe push Berry over the line

BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s will face-off in the second grade one day grand final after both teams celebrated wins last Saturday.

Ex-Servos proved why they comfortable sit on top of the table after making 262 in their innings against Batemans Bay at Hayden Drexel Oval.

Brandon Booth (68) and Dean Trost (88) hit a combined 25 boundaries to have their team 3/195 after they were both dismissed.

But Chris Weller (24) and Syd Weller (21 n.o) picked up the slack and Ex-Servos were 9/262 at the change of innings.

Batemans Bay were well up for the chase and proved the depth in their batting line-up with Jake Cooper (31), Zac Henstock (16), Corey McAlpin (312), Tom McAlpin (26) and Sam Bennett (19) all giving the Ex-Servos bowlers cause for concern.

 But Ex-Servos’ Rodney Craig (2/31) and Matt Smit (2/42) remained steadfast in their deliveries, and the Bay finished the game on 188 runs. 

Over at Berry Sporting Complex, Berry earnt their spot in the grand final after chasing 158 runs with 18 balls left and four wickets in hand to defeat Nowra. 

Berry was best served once again by Brad Dudgeon, who took 5/24 with the leather and 50 runs with the willow.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.

Opener Adam Ison did well to get his team off to a good start with 21 runs, and was aptly supported down the order by skipper Jono Clack (21), Brad Ison (15), Adam Weller (35) and John King (17). 

Dudgeon was best with the ball for Berry, but Daniel Hockey still managed to impress with 2/18.

Berry was up for the chase and after the dismissal of openers John Lloyd-Jones (18) and Carl Lang (4) Berry looked to be in a bit of trouble on 2/38.

But Dudgeon was in fine form and quickly smashed his way to 50 runs, which included seven fours.

With the help of seasoned cricketer Peter O’Keeffe, the two made a 96-run partnership before O’Keeffe was dismissed for 51 runs.

Luke Saare (7 n.o) and Tom Gibbs (4 n.o) saw the innings out with Berry chasing down the total with 18 balls left to take the win.

Over at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex North Nowra-Cambewarra struggled to get runs on the board and were all out after 25 overs for 60 runs, with Bomaderry’s Nathan Wallace (4/21) and Zac Blattner (3/21) causing the most damage.

It took Bomaderry just over 15 overs to secure the win, with a top score from Mick Blattner with 23 not out.

At Sanctuary Point Oval Bay and Basin was awarded the win after the match was abandoned late in the second innings.

Ulladulla won the toss and elected to bat first and finished with 9/173 off 40 overs thanks to top knocks from Andrew Gardiner (59) and Adam Sargood (39)

Basin then stepped up to the crease and the likes of Dave Woodall (24), Rocco Battaglio (28) and Michael Dolby (31) took their team to 7/138 after 30 overs, after which the match was abandoned. 

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