Magpies take minor premiership

AN outright win to Berry-Shoalhaven Heads has seen the Magpies leapfrog Nowra into first place on the SDCA ladder.

While the Magpies had been in second place for most of the season, they picked up enough points from their game against Bay and Basin to take out the minor premiership. 

On the second day of their clash at Berry Sporting Complex, Bay and Basin wore black arm bands for their late teammate Heath Tan, as did all the Berry players as a mark of respect. 

With rain putting a stop to the start of Basin’s innings last week, they started from scratch in pursuit of Berry’s total of 8/182. 

But on a flat deck, the Bay and Basin batsmen had no answers for pace or spin bowling and were bowled out twice in the day. 

Basin’s first innings was short-lived, with Glenn Brandon (4/11) and Phil Dell’Orefice (4/14) ripping through their batting line up to have them all out for 38. 

Tail ender Adam Kempt (10) was the only Basin player to reach double figures. 

Naturally the home side chose to enforce the follow on and Basin did not fare much better in their second dig. 

Their start was a little more promising, but it was brought to an unfortunate end when Michael Labb had to retire hurt on 7. 

His twin brother Brandon (13) was the top scorer for Basin in their second innings total of 57. 

Phil Dell’Orefice was at it once again with figures of 4/27, but this time had a different damage partner in Chris McCarron who took 4/7 against his former club. 

With an outright win and their rivals Nowra having been beaten by Ulladulla United, the Magpies did enough to finish the regular season as minor premiers, while Basin avoided a second straight wooden spoon by finishing in sixth place. 

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