BATEMANS Bay will go into day two of their clash with Ulladulla United at Hanging Rock in striking distance of their first win in the Shoalhaven competition.
The home side made the most of having to bowl first, taking early wickets, including danger man Harley Bell to have Ulladulla struggling at 3/22.
Jason Linke and Wes Holmes took on the task of trying to rebuild Ulladulla’s innings and put on a handy partnership of 41 for the fourth wicket.
They were soon in trouble again when Linke was removed by Tigers skipper Andrew Malcolm for 20 and Holmes was out shortly after for 26.
Wickets continued to tumble from then on and it was only thanks to a slight wag of the tail from Michael Devlin (13 not out) and Blake Sommerville (10) that Ulladulla managed to reach a total of 105.
Only four bowlers were needed by Batemans Bay with Andrew Malcolm (4/40) and Trent Innes (3/30) doing the most damage, while Marc Stiller took two wickets early on.
With a small total to defend, Ulladulla needed early wickets and they got one when opener Gavin Ladmore was out for two.
But there was little joy for the visitors after the first wicket with Paul Gallen and Matt Sethi took their total onto 59 before Sethi was out for 14.
The home side made it to stumps at 4/98 with Gallen unbeaten on 57 and needing only eight runs to take first innings points.
While there is still a long way to go in the game, Batemans Bay look set to claim first innings points for the first time since joining the Shoalhaven at the beginning of the season.