SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemens made a flying start to their run chase against Bay and Basin at Hayden Drexel Oval.
Ex-Servos will resume on day two at 1/53 in pursuit of Bay and Basin’s first innings total of 189.
Basin won the toss and made a strong start after losing Danny Eccles for five, with fellow opener Heath Tan and skipper Jonathan Hill taking to the Ex-Servos’ attack.
Tan hit six boundaries in his knock of 40 before he became the first of Shane Phillis’ victims for the afternoon.
After making a strong start, Basin quickly went from 1/87 to 4/87 when Tom Mason and Santino Battagliolo were both dismissed by Phillis for a duck.
Basin’s innings suffered another setback when Hill was bowled by Lain Beckett for 38, with the score at 5/103.
The middle order recovery came in the form of a partnership from twins Michael and Brandon Labb, who added 41 runs for the sixth wicket, before Brandon was out for 22.
Basin lost two more quick wickets, but Labb (52 not out) found a partner in Dave Rickwood (13) to push their total along to 189 and bring up his second half-century for the season in the process.
Shane Phillis was the chief destroyer for Ex-Servos with 4/24, while Lain Beckett and Chris Bramley did some damage with two wickets each.
Beckett then got his turn to inflict some damage with the bat, striking six fours and a six to make it to 39 not out in just seven overs.
Ex-Servos will resume at 1/53 on day two after they lost their skipper Daniel Gleeson for 12 just before stumps.