NOWRA’S batsmen were in control on day one with the home side amassing a huge total of 9/297 against Batemans Bay at Nowra Showground.
Adam Ison earned a promotion after his century in the last round and was looking just as comfortable playing in the top grade.
Ison and fellow opener Lewis O’Brien put on 43 before O’Brien was bowled by Mick Smart for 11.
Smart soon had his second wicket with first drop Sam Watts only lasting two balls.
But the visitors enjoyed little success afterwards, with all of the Nowra middle order playing a part to keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Ison was the next to go after he was bowled by Brad Hancock just one run short of a half-century.
Daniel Bryant (36) and Ben Lahene (39) both got starts and scored their runs quickly, however it was Scott Fagerlund who played the starring role in the middle order.
Fagerlund played in his usual aggressive fashion, and top scored for the home side with 51 from just 34 balls.
Rohan Hutchison (26) and Michael Coulter (24) also played cameos to rub more salt into the visitors’ wounds.
The home side managed to make it through to the end of the day with Kurt Quinlan (31) and Alex Legge (10) both unbeaten at stumps, leaving Batemans Bay with one more wicket to take if they chose to bat on next week.
Smart was the pick of the bowlers for Batemans Bay with 3/48 from 14 overs, and had some support from Brad Hancock 3/72 and Luke Condon 2/31.