A QUICKFIRE 60 from opening batsman Simon Blizzard has put his Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens team on top in their two-day match against Nowra.
On day one of their match at the Nowra Showground, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.
Thanks to Blizzard’s 60, which included six boundaries and two sixes, the visitors declared at 9/209 after 53 overs.
Fellow opener David Harrison (51) also scored a half-century, while Brandon Booth scored 37 not out.
With the ball, Nowra was led by Alex Hedger with 4/40 and Alex Legge 2/42.
In response, Nowra have struggled out of the blocks, ending day one at 3/30.
Ben Pankush did most of the damage with 2/15, with the other wicket going to Ben Philpott.
At Sussex Inlet Oval, the hosts are in a commanding position against North Nowra-Cambewarra thanks to a century from Jake Westley.
Westley’s 105, which included 12 boundaries and five sixes, was the backbone of the hosts total of 270.
He was well supported by Shane Bate (46), Dean Stanwell (33) and Dave Goodwin (29).
If not for four wicket hauls from both Jarvis Strand (4/46) and Bob Ducie (4/63), the hosts total could have been a lot more.
In reply, Norths were 2/24 at stumps, with Jack Carter top scoring with 15 and the two wickets going to Jake Matthews and Shane Bate.
At Bomaderry Oval, the match is evenly poised between Bomaderry and Batemans Bay.
The hosts elected to bat first and on the back of a Matthew Bell half-century they posted 150 from 41.3 overs.
Others to make runs for the hosts were Justin Ganderton (30), Greg Wellington (25) and Ben Minnis (18).
The wickets were evenly spread for the Bay, with Mitchell Hockey and Darcy Knight ending with three wickets and Praveen Varghese and Matt Sethi finishing with two.
In response, Bay will resume on day two at 3/37, thanks to wickets from Matthew Bell, Ben Minnis and Gareth Hopwood.
The final match at Berry Sporting Complex is firmly in the hands of the hosts, after a dominant day one.
After rolling Bay and Basin for just 59 in their first innings, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads are 6/277 in reply – having already claimed first innings points.
Standouts for Berry with the ball were Jack Gibbs, Daniel Hockey, Dylan Cosgrove and Tom Gibbs, who all took two wickets.
While with the bat, the Magpies were led by Jarrod Mitchell (75), Nathan Thomas (45 not out) and Nick Abbott (35).