IN his first match back in the Nowra colours for the 2016/17 SDCA season, Jack Watts has guided his team to victory against Bay and Basin.
At the Nowra Showground, most of the strong work by the hosts was done on day one, as they posted a first innings total of 207, thanks to a half-century by skipper Sam Watts.
Other Nowra players to make runs in the first innings were Alex Legge (35), Jason Bell (26) and Jack Watts (20).
Tom Dolby starred with the ball for Basin with 3/34 while Luke Gogerly and Jonathan HIll finished with two wickets a piece.
After the change of innings, was when Jack Watts shone, claiming 5/47 in a damaging spell, which included seven maidens.
He and Michael Coulter (3/24) proved too hot to handle for the Basin batsmen, as they were rolled for just 96.
Hill did what he could with 19 not out, but his team fell around him and lost first innings points. Other Basin players to make starts with the willow were Brad Miller (17), Michael Perry (15) and Michael Dolby (13).
The hosts weren’t done though and chased for an outright win.
In their second innings, Nowra made quick runs, scoring 137 off just 23.4 overs. They were led by 52 from Lewis O'Brien, who was well supported by Ben Lahene (28) and Jack Watts (22 not out).
For Basin, the best of their bowlers were Brendan Hiriart (4/40) and Perry (3/33).
With a lead of more than 200, Nowra set about dismissing the Basin for a second time in the match, to secure an outright victory.
But the visitors showed plenty of resilience and ended the day at 6/103, therefore preventing the opponents outright victory.
Three Basin batsmen, Hiriart (25), Perry (23) and Phil Cowan (20), all made more than 20 runs for their side.
With they cherry, Jack Watts again chimed in with a wicket, while Joel Lahene and John King both claimed two scalps in the second innings.
When action resumes in round two, Basin will play Bomaderry and Nowra will enjoy the bye.