Lewis O’Brien’s ton secures win for leaders Nowra

COMPETITION front-runners Nowra chalked up their fourth straight win to open the season, defeating North-Nowra Cambewarra at the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex.

CENTURION: Nowra's Lewis O'Brien blasted 100 from 114 balls, an innings which included three boundaries and five sixes, on Saturday against North Nowra-Cambewarra. Photo: DAMIAN McGILL

CENTURION: Nowra's Lewis O'Brien blasted 100 from 114 balls, an innings which included three boundaries and five sixes, on Saturday against North Nowra-Cambewarra. Photo: DAMIAN McGILL

The hosts won the toss and sent the undefeated Nowra to the crease, which suited the visitors, as they would go on to post the impressive total of 9/225 from their 40 overs.

The star of the innings was opener Lewis O’Brien, who smashed an unbeaten 100 from 114 balls, an innings that included three boundaries and five sixes.

O’Brien was well supported by Ben Palmer (36) and Alex Legge (26).

The pick of the bowlers for Norths was James Batson who claimed three wickets, while Graham Lowbridge finished with two.

In reply, Norths were all out for just 87, thanks to the visitors balanced bowling attack – Joel Lahene finished with 3/21 form his eight overs, which included two maidens. 

Both Ben Palmer and John King got two scalps each for Nowra, while Lachlan Butfield took 1/4.

Bomderry handed Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens their fourth straight loss to open the season at Hayden Drexel Oval on Saturday.

After electing to bat, the visitors posted 162 from their 39.2 overs – thanks to 48 from skipper Matthew Bell and handy knocks from Don Kennedy (23) and Matthew Less (21).

With the ball, the hosts were best served by Dylan Higgins-Bell (3/34) and Vincent Morris (3/37), who both claimed three wickets and Ben Philpott, who ended with 2/20.

In reply, the hosts could only reach 9/124 from their 40 overs.

Only three batsmen, Dylan Higgins-Bell (43), Luke Jurancic (34) and John Bowern (10) managed to reach double figures for the hosts.

Anthony Johnston was the chief destroyer with the cherry, claiming 4/22, while both Matthew Bell and Pat Keys finished with two wickets each.

The final game of the round was won by Berry-Shoalhaven Heads, who defeated Batemans Bay at the Berry Sporting Complex.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts reached 5/184 from their 40 overs, paced by 61 from Max Lans and 40 from Connor Edenden.

For the visitors, Darcy Knight and Stephen Knight finished with 2/21 and 2/30 respectively. 

In reply, the visitors appeared set to chase the total, thanks to 47 from Simon Blue and 25 from Praveen Varghese but 5/8 from Lloyd Herron sealed the hosts win.

Ryan Hennessy also chipped in two wickets for the Magpies.