NOWRA Green and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s will be the two fourth grade teams fighting for the premiership next week following semi-final wins over the weekend.
Wet weather affected the match between Nowra Green and Ulladulla United at the Added Area, with just 13.5 overs played on the Saturday.
Despite this, Ulladulla’s Jamie Jones bowled his way to 3/25, taking care of Gary Bowern (1), Lachlan Adlington (0) and Lachlan Butfield (0) to have Nowra at 3/2.
Ulladulla won the toss and sent Nowra in to bat first.
Despite the early loss of its openers, Nowra’s Dylan Turner smashed five boundaries on his way to 27 not out, and he and Stuart Brown (2 n.o) were at the crease when the game was called due to the weather.
Sunday’s play started early at 9.30am and saw Stuart Brown (77) and Turner (71) enter a 133-run partnership to take Nowra to 184 at the change of innings.
Ulladulla’s Jamie Jones (5/47) and Henry Payne (3/42) were best with the ball.
The visitors went in to bat and saw Dean Jones top score for his team with 33 runs despite the pressure put on him by Nowra’s Dane Bowern (3/24) and Brown (3/45).
Ulldulla were all out for 149.
Nowra then went back into bat and made 2/77 at the close of the day to secure the win.
Over at Zealand Oval a full day’s play was enjoyed by Berry-Shoalhaven Heads and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s.
With Berry the higher ranked team on the competition ladder the home side needed a good start or some bad weather to progress to the grand final.
But it was not to be.
Ex-Servos won the toss and sent Berry in to bat first.
This worked to Ex-Servos advantage as its star bowler Vincent Morris began his annihilation of the Berry batting order on his way to 8/27.
Berry’s opening batsman Mal Windley managed to withstand five of his partners being dismissed, one being his team’s top scorer Mark O’Leary, who made 28.
Windley was the sixth wicket to fall and was his team’s second highest scorer on 12 runs after he was caught by Dean Fawcett off a Morris delivery to have his team at 6/66.
From there Morris and Barry Cumberland destroyed Berry’s bottom order and the home side was all out for 75 after 40.5 overs.
With Ex-Servos at the crease, they wasted no time making the runs.
Despite the loss of opener Joshua Bodini (6), Scott Cusack (45) and Fawcett (50), with Ryan Dickenson (43 n.o) and Michael Mills (9) finished the day’s play with Ex-Servos at 3/158.
Best with the ball for Berry was Steven Woolley with 4/27.
Ex-Servos resumed on Sunday and despite a promising performance on Saturday, were all out for 205 with Dickenson finishing on 44.
Berry went back in to bat and thanks to strong score from Windley (43) and Woolley (49) gave Ex-Servos something to sweat about making 149 from the innings.
Ex-Servos’ Michael Mills was on fire with the ball, taking 4/13.
Ex-Servos needed 20 runs to win and did so comfortable thanks to some steady batting from Scott Cusack (14) and Adam Cusack (6).
Adam hit a six to make the winning runs.