BATEMANS Bay finally got the monkey off their back with their first win since joining the Shoalhaven competition at the start of the season.
The Tigers secured first innings points early on the second day and came agonisingly close to an outright win against Ulladulla United at Hanging Rock.
Opener Paul Gallen picked up where he left off last week and went close to making a century, before he was bowled by Terry Dorrell for 93.
After Gallen fell, there was a bit of a wag of the tail with Corey McAlpin (31) and Sam Bennett (19) putting on 49 for the last wicket, to take the Bay to a total of 196.
Michael Devlin was the best of the bowlers for Ulladulla with 4/81 from 24 overs, while Terry Dorrell took 3/59 from 13.
Ulladulla went out in their second innings with the intention to score as many runs as quickly as possible.
They made a strong start with opener Michael Devlin hitting 56, while Wes Holmes was destructive in the middle order with five sixes in his innings of 44.
But their aggressive style soon led to the loss of several wickets, with the Bay’s Brad Hancock cashing in and completing every bowlers’ dream by taking a hat-trick.
Hancock finished with 5/42 from eight overs, while Luke Condon and Sam Bennett took two wickets each to help bowl Ulladulla out for 168.
Only time prevented Batemans Bay from taking full points, with just nine runs needed for an outright win when play ended with the score at 5/69.
At Hayden Drexel Oval, Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen survived a middle-order scare to take first innings points against Bay and Basin.
The overcast conditions clearly suited the bowlers with Colin Searson and Jonathan Hill tying down an end each.
The home side were in trouble at one stage after slumping to 6/114, before Paul Meakins and Shane Phillis came to the rescue.
Phillis made a handy 30, while Meakins was unbeaten on 43 in their total of 226.
Searson finished with 7/119 from 28 overs, while Hill had 2/28 from 21.
Over at Bomaderry Oval, a hat-trick to Ben Lynch came just a little too late for the home side in their clash with Nowra.
John Muggleton took early wickets in his spell of 4/37 to leave Nowra struggling at 7/89.
At one stage it looked as if Bomaderry’s total of 136 might be enough, but the experienced duo of Rohan Hutchison (55) and Chris Nation (26 not out) dug Nowra out of a hole to ensure they took first innings points.
Nowra made it to 168 before Hutchison became Lynch’s first victim, before picking up Justin Weller and Alex Legge in consecutive balls to complete his hat-trick.
Rounding out this week’s games, North Nowra-Cambewarra had a miserable day at the office, suffering at outright defeat at the hands of Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at Berry Sporting Complex.
Ty Cherry (5/20) and Chris McCarron (3/19) did the most damage for the Magpies in North’s first innings, when they were bowled out for 60.
After being made to follow-on Norths didn’t fare much better in their second innings, with Dean Tyson top scoring with 29 before they were bowled out for 78.
This time it was Phil Dell’Orefice (4/11) and Brad Carey (3/18) who did the damage to secure full points for the home side.