Berry set for finals berth

BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads produced a dominant third grade performance last Saturday and appears to have cemented its place in the top four.

After dismissing Nowra for 98 in the 22nd over at Nowra High School No. 2 Oval, Berry spent the rest of the day taking its first innings lead to 176 runs.

Four wickets fell before the visitors went to the front, but 17-year-old Jack Parrish then took control with a brilliant century.

He was out shortly before stumps for 103, having struck 12 fours and six sixes, which calculated to 81.55 per cent of his runs coming in boundaries.

While a figure of 80 per cent is rare, it is well short of the third grade record held by a Berry player of 1980-81, Garry Parker who made more than 90 per cent of his century against Rugby Union in fours and sixes.

The other century-maker in third grade on Saturday was Ex-Servicemen’s Matt Willis who came to the crease with his team in trouble at 2/15, but he responded with 110 against Bomaderry at Lyrebird Sports Park No. 1 Oval.

He hit 13 fours and three sixes, and featured in a sixth wicket stand of 103 with round 10 century-maker Shawn Higgins who was this time out for 90.

They paved the way for the formidable total of 300 and Willis’ form was ominous for the competition leaders, his previous hundred being in last season’s semi-final.

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