THE Shoalhaven’s cricketers have returned from their break over the festive season with a bang, with some impressive play over the weekend.
The fortnight’s break hasn’t seemed to have too much of an effect on the first grade players, with big scores and tight bowling a feature of all of the weekend’s matches.
At Bernie Regan Oval, North Nowra Cambewarra look to have the upper-hand over Ulladulla United, with United at 5/77 in reply to North Nowra’s 154.
United looked to be in control when they had the home side reeling at 5/38 when Graham Davidson was dismissed for 13.
North Nowra’s lower order then righted the ship, thanks to some big hitting from Dean Tyson, the number seven blasting 70 from 75 balls with five fours and two sixes.
Tyson fell with North Nowra on 137, before the tail pushed the total to 154.
United’s Peter King was the pick of the bowlers with 4/33, while Terry Dorrell took 2/22 and Michael Devlin and Nathan Bell claimed one scalp each.
Ulladulla started their chase solidly, before Woods knocked over the visitor’s first three batsmen to put them at 3/42.
Harley Bell and Wes Holmes then pushed the total to 59 before Holmes fell, Bell gone soon after for 13 as United limped to 5/77.
Woods was the pick of the bowlers, with strong support from Gillen and Luke Hogan.
At Hayden Drexel Oval, visitors Nowra are in a strong position at 6/242 against Ex-Servos.
The home side had Nowra at 3/35 before the visitor’s middle order took control.
Ben Lahene brought up a half century before falling on 57, while Scott Fagerlund has a nervous wait until next weekend, with the batsmen stuck on 99 not out after an impressive knock that included six fours and three sixes.
Matt Ganderton and Shane Phillis were Ex-Servos’ best with the ball, taking 3/42 and 3/46 respectively.
At Berry Sporting Complex, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads are in complete control against Batemans Bay after skittling the visitors for 71 off 35 overs.
Ty Cherry strangled the visitors, taking an impressive 3/9 off 10 overs, while Phil Dell’Orefice claimed three wickets and Chris McCarron one.
Berry took no time in running down the visitor’s total, Kerry Penfold and Glenn Brandon putting on an opening stand of 98 before Penfold was dismissed for 40.
Brandon will also face a nervous wait has he remained not out on 91 with his side at 2/152 at the end of play.
At Sanctuary Point Oval, Bay & Basin are 1/32 as they look to chase Bomaderry’s 223.
After Bomaderry’s openers both fell cheaply, Michael Lees and Paul Sawkins went about rebuilding their innings, Lees making 46 before departing while Sawkins managed a half-century before falling on 50.
Some handy lower order batting from Jordan Matthews (38) and John Muggleton (37 not out) helped to consolidate the visitors’ total.
For Bay & Basin, Jonathan Hill and David Rickwood claimed three wickets each, while Michael Labb and Joel Lahene grabbed two each.
Muggleton backed up his work with the bat to knock over Bay & Basin opener Heath Tan for 8, leaving the home side needing 188 more runs with nine wickets in hand to draw level.