THE Batemans Bay Cricket Club have left themselves in a great position at stumps on day one of their season-opening match against Ulladulla United at Hanging Rock.
Anthony Mortimer and Carl Lang got the home side off to a quick start, racing to a quick 50 partnership.
Mortimer was the main aggressor early, coming out swinging with 10 boundaries in the first session.
However, Ulladulla would take advantage of this aggression, as Joel Turner got through Mortimer’s defences with a yorker to send the opener packing for 43.
Ulladulla would not be able to capitalise on this though, as Sam Lee joined Lang at the crease for another 50 partnership.
Lang built a solid innings of 35, but a blinder from new all-rounder Connor Hawkins would take the bails off to leave Batemans Bay at 2/103.
That began a mini collapse for the home side, as they lost their next four wickets for just 51 runs.
Everyone pitched in, led from the front by Luke Condon with the bat.
Luke Condon and Zac Henstock would eventually steady the ship for the Bay, putting together a partnership of 56 to arrest the middle-order collapse.
Condon would finish as top scorer for Batemans Bay, with his innings of 73 coming to an end thanks to Peter King.
Batemans Bay would only score a further three runs after the wicket of Condon, finishing with a respectable total of 271.
King was the pick of the bowlers for Ulladulla with figures of 4/71.
Ulladulla started their innings with about an hour to play, but it quickly went pear-shaped, as opener Bradley Field was caught behind off the bowling of Darcy Knight for 8.
United would dig in from that point, as they slowly built their total to 1/34 at stumps.
Batemans Bay skipper Scott Fagerlund was happy with the first day of play.
“Very happy with the boys efforts for the day,” he said.
“Everyone pitched in, led from the front by Luke Condon with the bat, and then Darcy getting good lines and lengths.
Fagerlund is also confident of getting a result next week.
“There’s some rain predicted for next week, so hopefully we’ll be able to get on and see what the wicket can do,” he said.
“Darcy is going to cause some havoc next week with the ball.”