A CENTURY from opener Nick McDonald lifted North Nowra-Cambewarra to a first innings win against Batemans Bay at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex.
While the match had no bearing on the finals, there were bragging rights on the line as both sides were looking for their first win of the year.
After resuming their innings 8/248, the Bay declared at 8/299, with Matt Sethi not out on 106, for his second ton of the season.
The visitors were then given some early hope that they could defend their total when Hugh Gillen was gone early, removed by Tom Bennett to put Norths at 1/8.
The loss of the early wicket didn’t seem to faze Norths and they took control thanks to an 89-run stand between McDonald and Alex Prudence.
Prudence was run out for 40 at 2/97 and Luke Hogan joined McDonald at the crease and the two pushed the total to 140 before Hogan was bowled by Marc Stiller for 29.
McDonald was then joined at the crease by captain Graham Davidson and they shared a massive 105-run partnership to put the home side firmly in control.
Davidson was eventually removed by Sethi for 41 with his side at 4/245.
Batemans Bay finally got their man soon after, when Sethi struck again to end McDonald’s impressive innings on 125, which included eight fours and two sixes.
Tristan Woods fell to Luke Condon for eight to put Norths at 6/271, but there would be no collapse in the Norths’ line-up as Dean Tyson (29 not out) and Blake Huard (8) guided the home side to victory.