NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra were left frustrated after they were unable to follow through on their impressive start against Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex.
Ex-Servos got off to a shaky start when they lost Mat Ganderton, Daniel Gleeson and Simon Schmotz early on, with Chris Lewis taking the first three wickets for Norths.
The Ex-Servos middle order did not fare a lot better and they were in a bit of a trouble when they slumped to 7/71.
But just when it looked like Norths had them on the ropes; it all went quiet for the home side.
The eighth wicket proved very elusive as Trevor Thomason and Graham Phillis came together in an impressive wag of the tail.
Thomason was the star of the show, with four fours and five sixes on his way to 101 not out, to add his name to the expanding list of centurions in first grade this season.
Their impressive 172-run stand for the eight wicket was finally broken shortly after Thomason reached his century when Phillis was out for 68.
The fall of the wicket brought their innings to a close, with skipper Daniel Gleeson opting to declare at 8/243.
The declaration gave Ex-Servos just enough time to have a crack at taking some early wickets, with Norths needing to survive seven overs before stumps.
Shane Phillis picked up a wicket in his first over to leave Norths at 1/17 at stumps.