SO we are back to the usual format after last week’s special, with what could well be the strongest team of the week we have had all season. The standard has been set very high with most of the batsmen having made centuries, while all bowlers needed a five-wicket haul to meet the criteria.
1. Kerry Penfold (Berry first grade) Penfold catapulted to the top of the leading run scorers list with his first century of the season last weekend. The Magpies skipper hit 15 fours and two sixes in his innings of 111 to put his side in a great position against Norths.
2. Adam Ison (Nowra second grade) Ison is a familiar face in the junior team of the week, but he is starting to earn his stripes at senior level as well. Ison’s 105 made up more than half of his team’s total against Bomaderry at Rugby Park.
3. Matt Willis (Ex-Servos third grade) It was Willis’ turn to steal the limelight after two of his teammates hit hundreds last week. Willis hit 15 fours and three sixes in his knock of 110 against Bomaderry, which was his second century for the season.
4. Jack Parish (Berry third grade) Parish dished out plenty of punishment to the Nowra bowlers on Saturday in just his second game for the season. Parish hit 103, with most of his runs coming in boundaries, with 12 fours and six sixes. He could also be an extra bowling option after taking 2/30.
5. George Nielsen (Ulladulla fourth grade) It was so close yet so far for Nielsen on Saturday after he fell two runs short of making a century. He may have missed out on a hundred, but 98 is still good enough for a spot in the team of the week.
6. Shawn Higgins (Ex-Servos third grade) Willis wasn’t the only batsman to take to the Bomaderry bowlers, with the Ex-Servos skipper getting in on the act as well. Higgins hit 12 sixes and two fours in his innings of 90.
7. Nick McDonald (North Nowra-Cambewarra first grade) Last week he was in for his batting but McDonald showed his versatility by putting in a good performance with the ball. McDonald took 5/58 from 14.4 overs, including the wicket of Kerry Penfold.
8. Dean Trost (Ex-Servos second grade) Another one showing his versatility after switching from batter to bowler from last week. Trost didn’t get the chance to follow up on his unbeaten century but did take an impressive 5/26 with the ball against Bay and Basin.
9. Anthony Johnston (Bomaderry second grade) Despite Adam Ison’s century, Johnston made sure Nowra’s total was not out of reach by bagging 5/38 to restrict them to 191.
10. Justin Weller (Nowra first grade) Weller is fast quickly making up ground on team mate Michael Coulter for the spot of leading wicket taker in first grade after last week’s performance. He took his second six-wicket haul for 2014, with figures of 6/56 against Bomaderry.
11. Jed Silver (Ulladulla second grade) While Ulladulla’s batsmen struggled against Batemans Bay, it didn’t matter once Silver got the ball in his hand. Silver let rip with figures of 5/15 to bowl Batemans Bay out for 68 and wrap up first innings points for his side.