NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra Blues, Ulladulla United, Ex-Servicemen’s/Bomaderry and Batemans Bay have made it through to the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association under 10s semi-finals after a thrilling end to the final regular rounds was played out on Saturday.
Some great team bowling from Berry-Shoalhaven Heads gave them a win over Nowra at Nowra High School but it was not enough to push them into the top four.
Batting first Berry restricted the home side to 18/45 with Lachlan Davies top scoring with 14 for Nowra.
Jack Hinkley was the pick of the Berry bowlers with 3/8 and he was well supported by Cooper Bramley with 2/5 and Alastair Urquhart with 2/8.
Berry scored 8/107 in reply.
Maggie Page scored 22 runs for the visitors, Christian Page 13 and Tom Hodgkins batted solidly for 8.
Chayton Morris took 2/8 off three overs to return the best figures for the home side.
Ex-Servos/Bomaderry set a precedent for the finals against Ulladulla by defeating them by just 10 runs at Burrill Lake.
Ex-Servos/Bomaderry won the toss and sent the home side in to bat first.
Top scores by Jay Ramsden (11) and Drew Ramsden (11) helped Ulladulla to its 74 run total, with Ex-Servos/Bomadery’s Sam Parkinson and Fergus Priest the best with the ball, both taking two wickets.
The visiting team’s middle order batsmen Erik James (7) and Kyden Booth (10) put their team in good stead for the win, but in the end it all came down to wickets lost, with Ex-Servos/Bomaderry droppinging just seven wickets to Ulladulla’s 14, resulting in an Ex-servos/Bomaderry win.
Over at Nowra High School, an equally close game was being fought between Batemans Bay and North Nowra-Cambewarra Blues.
Batting first, Batemans Bay’s Lachlan Malcolm was the greatest contributor to his team’s 98-run total with the powerhouse scoring 23 runs in his five overs.
The Norths bowlers were not giving Batemans Bay an easy time, with top figures from Erica Dwight (2/14) and Brodie Arkinstall (2/14).
At the crease, Norths fought back by bookending their innings with top scores.
Opening batsmen Marley Arthur (19) and 10th order batsman Tayla Dunn (20) led their team to finish on 106 runs and take the win.