Shoalhaven District Cricket Association
Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens v Nowra at Hayden Drexel Oval
SPEARHEADED by a classy century by Scott Fagerlund, Nowra cruised to a 92 run first innings win over Ex-Servo’s at Hayden Drexel Oval on Saturday.
After being stranded on 99 at the close of play on the first day of the match, Fagerlund notched up his first century of the season before being dismissed on 158, and allowed his side to set an imposing target at 7/330 declared.
Fagerlund’s innings included an impressive 10 fours and seven sixes and saw him share a huge 147 run partnership with wicket-keeper Kurt Quinlan (39 not out).
Ex-Servo’s run chase didn’t get off to the start the home side wanted, opener Matt Tyler removed on five by Alex Legge at 1/9.
Ex-Servo’s didn’t let the early wicket take the wind out of their sails. Captain Daniel Gleeson and Simon Schmotz went on the attack and posted a 72 run stand, before Nowra’s Michael Coulter had Gleeson stumped on 43.
Schmotz and Chris Bramley then posted another 64, before Ex-Servo’s were left at 3/145 after Justin Weller removed Bramley on 43.
Schmotz and Simon Blizzard moved the score on to 3/191 to give the home side some hope, but Nowra had other ideas as some impressive bowling saw Ex-Servos lose their last seven wickets for 47 runs.
Weller removed Blizzard to make it 4/191 and struck again soon after when he bowled Shane Halliday at 5/195.
He then removed the danger man in Schmotz, knocking him over on 66 and leaving the home side in disarray at 6/202.
Try as they might Ex-Servo’s couldn’t stop the bleeding, Coulter taking his second wicket when he removed Matt Ganderton and Weller striking again as he bowled Shane Phillis to all but seal the match for Nowra as Ex-Servo’s fell to 8/237.
From there it was nothing more than a formality, Coulter trapped Paul Meakins in front on 23 before Weller capped the win and fine bowling performance, which saw him take 6/89, when he had James Spackman out leg before for a duck.
While Weller was easily the pick of the bowlers, Coulter provided ample support with his 3/50.