BERRY-SHOALHAVEN Heads claimed both first innings and outright points in their match against North Nowra-Cambewarra at the weekend.
The visitors at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex built on last week’s strong performance to secure maximum points and get their 2016/17 season off to a flying start.
After posting 9/256 declared on the back of Nathan Thomas’ 101, Berry rolled the hosts for 129. Both Tom Dougall and Dylan Cosgrove claimed three wickets with the ball while Robert Haigh (28) top scored for Norths.
Berry then enforced the follow-on, and took full advantage of their momentum, rolling their opponents for just 19. Dougall added another four wickets to his haul,.Cosgrove and Daniel Troy chimed in with two a piece.
At Sussex Inlet Oval, made the most of a huge first innings to secure first innings points against Sussex Inlet. On the back of Justin Ganderton’s 103 and Travis Roth’s 90, the visitors posted the imposing total of 5/303 from just 53 overs. Kurt Regan (3/58) did all he could with the ball for Sussex.
In response, the hosts were in a good spot after 70 and 68 from respective openers Jake Westley and Regan. But after that pair was dismissed, no one else cracked more than 30 and the hosts were dismissed for 248 in the 46th over. Roth led the way for the Tigers with 5/50 while both Anthony Johnston and Ben Minnis chimed in with a pair of scalps.
In their second innings, Bomaderry made 141, led by Ganderton and Kealen Blattner, who both scored 31. Jake Matthews starred for Sussex with the cherry with 3/18 while Gavin Kelland and Stephen Jones finished with a two wicket haul for the innings.
In their second innings, Sussex’s Westly again led the way with the willow, falling three runs short of his second half-century of the match with 47. Matthews (13) was the only other batsmen to crack double figures, as Sussex ended the match at 4/76. Roth rounded out his strong all-round match with 3/40 while Donald Kennedy ended with 1/30.
At Hanging Rock Oval, Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens won the toss against Batemans Bay and posted 126 on the back of Rodney Davis’ 61. Three Bay bowlers – Luke Condon, Mitchell Hockey and Praveen Varghese all ended with two wickets respectively.
In response, the hosts could only muster 49, with only middle-order batsmen Andrew Malcolm (14) providing any resistance. Ben Philpott finished with 3/14, while Rodney Owen, Vimalkumar Patel and Simon Blizzard chipping in two wickets.
In the final match of the grade, Tom Mason’s 78 guided Bay and Basin to a total of 223 against Nowra at Sanctuary Point Oval. Nowra’s Brendan Hedger starred with 6/48 but the total proved too big, as the visitors could only score 163 in response. Suresh Peesa and Stuart Dryburg did the damage with three wickets each.