Bowlers keep Nowra on top 

NOWRA came to within three wickets of an outright win against Bay and Basin thanks to a strong display from their bowling unit on day two of their match at Nowra Showground. 

Chasing Nowra’s first innings total of 186, the visitors were bundled out for 89 and were on the ropes at 9/ 72 before play ended. 

The Basin resumed their first innings at 0/22, but Nowra didn’t remain wicketless for long after Alex Legge removed Shannon O’Bierne to put the visitors at 1/25. 

Michael Labb was next to the crease, and it was Legge who continued the damage, Labb gone for 1 at 2/37. 

The Basin’s top order seemingly had no answers for Legge, Tom Mason and Heath Tan both succumbed to him to see the visitors slump to 4/42. 

Brandon Labb was the next to go, bowled by Daniel Bryant for 10. He was then followed back to the pavilion by Brad Miller and Adam Hart as the Basin found themselves in trouble at 7/77. 

From there it was a formality for Nowra, as Jonathan Hill, Colin Searson and David Rickwood fell in short order to finish the Basin’s innings. 

Nowra then sent the Basin back in as they looked for the outright points, but couldn’t find a way to claim the final Basin wicket they needed. 

Nowra struck early, the Basin stumbling to 3/19 after Searson, Rickwood and Mason fell. 

At 3/30 the Basin had visions of avoiding the outright loss, but then disaster struck as Michael Labb, Joel Lahene and Hart all fell without a run being added to the total. 

From 6/30, the Basin doubled their total before Brandon Labb fell at 7/60. 

Tan was the next to go at 8/62 and when Miller’s dismissal made it 9/72, Nowra looked for all money that they would claim maximum points, but the Basin managed to save their final wicket. 

For Nowra, Legge’s first innings’ 4/18 was the best bowling of the day, while Bryant claimed 3/15 in the second. 

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