SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemen’s cemented their spot on top of the second grade ladder with a win over North Nowra-Cambewarra on Saturday.
Ex-Servos will now progress to the semi-finals and face Berry next weekend, which finished fourth on the ladder after defeating Bay and Basin on Saturday.
Nowra and Ulladulla will face off in the other semi-final, which will be a re-match of the final round, where Ulladulla took the points on Saturday.
Despite having a final round win over Batemans Bay, Bomaderry just missed out on making the final four by a few points.
In the Nowra v Ulladulla game at Ulladulla Sports Park Nowra resumed batting at 5/54 after Ulladulla made 122 in their first innings the previous week.
Nowra’s John King (34 n.o) was the only Nowra batsmen able to withstand the strong Ulladulla bowlers, with the visitors all out for 111 after Jordan Pearson (13) was caught in the 49th over.
Ulladilla captain Robb Thompson was on fire with the ball, taking 6/30 in his 15 overs.
Young gun Matt Gilkes did not let much get past him at wicket keeper, and managed to take three catches.
Ulladulla went straight into their second innings, where Gilkes backed up his brilliant fielding performance with a knock of 64.
Kyle Jarrett (23) provided strong support, but Ulladulla declared at 7/120 after 30 overs, with John King (4/17) doing the most damage for Nowra.
Nowra went in to bat a second time needing 132 to win.
Both teams ran out of daylight 23 overs in with Nowra at 5/45 and Ulladulla were unable to claim the outright win.
Over at Hayden Drexel Oval North Nowra-Cambewarra finished off their last game of the season with a loss to competition leaders Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s.
Strong hits by Ex-Servos’ danger men Dean Trost (34), David Sloane (60), Matt Smit (42) and Chris Apps (48)took the team to 268 at the end of their first innings.
Best with the ball for Norths was Mark Butler, who took 3/16 off four overs.
Norths went in for their second innings, but narrowly avoided the outright loss thanks to a stellar performance by Bob Dulcie, who hit 64 not out including seven fours and one six.
Norths were all out for 146, with Syd Weller, James Spackman and Hari Bhandari Bhandari all taking three wickets.
Bomaderry celebrated an outright win over Batemans Bay at Hanging Rock thanks to a stunning 95 runs by Hugh Rigney in the team’s first innings.
Rigney opened the batting and hit five fours on the way to his total, getting caught just five runs shy of a century.
He was well supported by Matthew Lees (44) and Matt Bell (43 n.o), with the team declaring on 4/243 after 51 overs.
Batemans Bay was unable to reciprocate Bomaderry’s good form and finished the season with an outright loss.
Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ John Lett continued to hit the Bay and Basin bowlers around the park on Saturday to assist his team in their outright win.
Basin made 98 runs in their first innings, with Berry 5/81 at the beginning of day two.
Lett started the day’s play on 26 not out, and stood firm at the crease for the remainder of the innings, notching up a further 40 runs and finishing not out.
Berry finished their innings 9/166.
Basin went back into bat and a combined bowling effort from Berry had them all out for 76 runs.
Michael Blanch top scored for Basin with 29 runs.
Berry returned to the crease and only needed seven runs for the outright win.
Opening batsman Josh O’Keefe opened the innings with a six and then a single to seal the deal for Berry.