ROUND 12 of the Shoalhaven District Junior Cricket Association modified cricket under 10s competition was played on Saturday in sweaty conditions.
North Nowra-Cambewarra Blues had the bye this week, and with full points going to Batemans Bay after their defeat over Berry-Shoalhaven Heads, Batemans Bay has moved into the lead on the ladder.
A brilliant 49-run contribution from Lachlan Malcolm led Batemans Bay to victory against Berry at Nowra High School.
The Bay won the toss and chose to bat, but it was the Berry bowlers who were on top early and had restricted the Tigers to 4/60 off 16 overs when Malcolm strode to the crease.
Malcolm hit 15 runs off his first four overs, then batting a second time smashed four fours and a six in scoring 34 off his next five overs, pushing the Tigers to a final score of 4/123.
Maggie Page (1/6), Alastair Urquhart (1/8) and Jack Hinkley (1/21) were the best of the Berry bowlers.
Berry started well through Mayson Griffith (13) and Christian Page (10) but wickets continued to fall and the Magpies were restricted to 12/81.
Jack McAteer (3/7) and Luke Gallen (2/6) were the pick of the Bay’s bowlers.
Over at Burrill Lake, North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons won the toss against Ulladulla United and decided to bat first.
Openers Lucas Zerafa (3) and Thomas Percival (4) got their team off to a steady start, but top bowling by Ulladulla’s Cooper Jones (2/10), Darcy Hayter (2/9) and Kyle Geerlings (1/4) meant that runs were hard to come by for the visiting team.
Norths finished their innings on 67 runs.
Not satisfied with just being a star with the leather, Jones opened the batting for Ulladulla and smashed his way to 23 runs in six overs.
Jones’ total included three fours and a six.
The rest of the Ulladulla order continued to show no mercy, with other top scores going to Hayter (14) and Blake Hall (14).
Despite the best efforts of Norths’ Micah Edwards (2/12), Anthony Gilkes (1/21) and Josh McDonald (1/24), Ulladulla took the win by 59 runs.
Over at Lyrebird Sports Park a local battle was raging between Nowra and Ex-Servicemens/Bomaderry.
But it was a combined batting effort from Ex-Servos’ Sam Parkinson (14), Erik Janes (13) and Kyeden Booth (21) that lead their team to its 48 run victory.
Nowra won the toss and sent Ex-Servos in to bat first.
Nowra’s bowlers were showing fine form with Mitchell Downey (2/12), Lachlan Davis (1/24) and Rhys Webb (1/15) all taking wickets, with Ex-Servos finishing on 133 at the change of innings.
Nowra had a big chase on their hands and strong knocks by Morris (11), Downey (12) and Davis (17) put them in with a fighting chance. But the Ex-Servo bowlers were just too good, with Ben Rowland (2/7), Bayden Manwarring (2/8), Tim Hopkins (1/8), Jack Lonesborough (1/2) and Sam Parkinson (1/14) all sharing the wickets between them.
Nowra fell just short of the win by 48 runs.