Rogers bowls Berry to grand final berth

BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s will face off in the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association third grade semi-finals after the teams defeated Batemans Bay and Ulladulla United respectively over the weekend.

The semi-finals got off to a wet start on Saturday with just 15 overs played in the game between Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s and Ulladulla United at Lyrebird Sports Park.

Ex-Servos won the toss and elected to bat first.

Ex-Servos felt their first wicket fall early on with the loss of Jason Hornitzky thanks to a good catch by Bradley Field off a Jarrod Murray ball.

But things looked up from then on as Aaron Van Essen and Matthew Willis built a 51-run partnership, which ended when Willis was caught by Meljoy Dcunha off a Ryan Armstrong ball for 28.

Kurt Regan stepped up the crease and made three runs, but the rain settled by this stage and play was stopped after 15 overs with Ex-Servos on 2/69.

Ex-Servos continued batting on Sunday and finished their innings on 120 runs, with Van Essen going on to make 50.

Best with the ball for Ulladulla was Darrell Lewis with 4/17.

Ulladulla went in to bat for their innings and with the help of Bradley Field (55) looked promising.

But the bowling might of Ex-Servos’ Luke Stevenson (5/24) had Ulladulla scrambling to make the runs on what was an extremely close finish.

Ex-Servos’ bowlers eventually prevailed and they had the visiting team all out for 103 runs.

The match between Berry-Shoalhaven Heads and Batemans Bay at Zealand Oval saw Berry’s Joe Rogers take 12 wickets on Sunday to bowl his team to victory.

The match was unaffected by the weather on Saturday, with Berry winning the toss and electing to bat, making up 147 runs in their first innings.

Berry looked in trouble early on and were 3/22 when they quickly lost James Milne (3), Jarrad Mitchell (6) and Joe Rogers (0).    

But Daniel Troy (10) and Lloyd Herron (12) picked them up, before Joel Mitchell, batting sixth, blew Batemans Bay out of the park with 58 runs, that included seven boundaries.

When Mitchell was caught by John Boller off a Matthew Ryan ball Berry were on 111 runs.

Dylan Cosgrove had the right form to stay at the crease, but with the dismissal of Kane Armstrong (0) and Ewen Porteous (9), he then fell for 29 runs, leaving Brett Herron (0) at the crease and Berry all out for 147.

Batemans Bay went in to bat and quickly matched Berry’s run rate to finish the day on 3/107 after 29 overs.  

Batemans Bay continued at the crease on Sunday and made 197, including 51 from Brett Woolridge and 51 not out by Petri Petrika.

But the star of the day was Berry’s Joe Rogers, who powered through the Batemans Bay order to produce figures of 7/41.

Berry went back into bat and thanks to Michael Troy (37) and Rogers (39) declared at 7/188.

Berry was then faced with the hard task of bowling Batemans Bay out in 42 overs to take the win.

Rogers once again was a force to be reckoned with, taking 5/28.

This, with the help of Herron’s 2/12 and Daniel Troy’s 2/29, had Batemans Bay all out for 90 and secured the win for Berry. 

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