Maroons cruise to finals berth with mammoth win

NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons and Batemans Bay have continued their winning ways to finish the top of the under 12s table at the end of the season’s regular rounds.

Ulladulla United and Bomaderry /Ex-Servicemen’s round out the top four, which will play in the semi-finals next week.

The Maroons will go into the finals confident thanks to their crushing defeat of Ulladulla (Sussex) at Bernie Regan on Saturday.

Maroons won the toss and elected to bat first.

Top scores by Isabella Hoskin (17 ret n.o) and Rhys Burinaga (22 n.o) saw Maroons climb to 6/133 at the change of innings.

Ulladulla’s Riley Walton was best with the ball for his team with 2/13.

Going into bat, Ulladulla crumbled under the depth of the Maroon bowlers, with Summer Hall (1/4), Will Seyffer (1/1), Angus Lowbridge (1/6), Alex Parsons (2/3), Burinaga (1/1), Sophie Emery (2/4) and Thomas Cooney (1/4) all claiming wickets to restrict Ulladulla to 48 runs.

The chase was on for North Nowra-Cambewarra Blues at Drexel Park after Bomaderry Ex-Servicemen’s powered to 130 runs in 30 overs.

Bomo/Ex-Servos opening batsmen Ritesh Baral and Samuel Latu both retired before John Bowern (20) and Dre Howlett (36 ret n.o) could do some real damage lower in the order.

At the change of innings the Blues got straight down to business with a superb opening stanza by Lachlan Mark (21).

Further down the order David Howard-Arcus gave his team a fighting chance with 38 runs, but his campaign, which included six boundaries, was put to an end after he was caught off a Zakary Phillips delivery.

Despite some solid performances by the bottom order, the Blues ran out of batsmen just 13 runs short of the victory.  

Over at Surfside Batemans Bay easily cruised to a 55-run win over Ulladulla United thanks to solid batting performances by Jack Gallen (22), Mackensie Clack (21) and Sean Griffin (24 n.o), whereas at the Added Area Berry-Shoalhaven Heads needed just four batsmen and 10 overs to defeat Nowra’s 70-run first inning total.

Berry hard hitter Charlie Howard was the stand out for his team, contributing 35 runs before retiring.

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