Runs hard to come by as Ex-Servos reign supreme

SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemen secured their third consecutive third grade title, with a four-wicket victory against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at Zealand Oval. 

Wet weather saw the game moved from Lyrebird Park, but that didn’t seem to make batting conditions any easier on the first day, with Berry being bowled out for just 35 in their first innings. 

Dylan Cosgrove (10) was the only player to reach double figures as Ex-Servos ripped through their batting line up.

Ex-Servos only needed two bowlers with Luke Stevenson (5/16 from 17 overs) and Ben Philpott (4/15 from 17.3) doing all the damage. 

Ex-Servos did not find it much easier with the bat, losing a couple of early wickets before Jason Hornitzky and Kurt Regan steadied the ship. 

Hornitzky top scored with 27 as Ex-Servos were bowled out for 108, early on the second day.  

Joe Rogers continued his good season with the ball with 5/35, while Daniel Troy bowled well for 4/24. 

With Berry bouncing back to win outright after a first innings loss in the semis, there was always the possibility of another turnaround. 

Berry made a significant improvement with 101 in their second innings, with Joe Rogers top scoring with 29, while Ben Philpott was on target with the ball once again with 4/20 from 17 overs. 

Ex-Servos were only left with 29 runs for an outright victory, but lost more wickets than they would have liked, losing six batsmen before knocking off the total. 

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