SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemen’s form in the longer forms of the game have translated to a successful start to this season’s Twenty20 competition.
Taking on Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at the Berry Sporting Complex, the visitors were sent to the field, as the hosts won the toss and elected to bat.
Despite a crafty 10 from opener Alex Edwards, the hosts slumped to 6/21 after the dismissals of Dylan Cosgrove (six), Edwards, Dale Lovatt (zero), Nathan Thomas (four), Jeff Dudgeon (four) and Daniel Troy (two).
But Blygh (29) and Lloyd Herron (24) combined to save the innings, with a handy 53-run partnership.
Combined with 27 from skipper Chris McCarron and 18 from Callum Crapp, the hosts finished at 124 from their 20 overs.
Nate Jones was the chief destroyer, taking 4/14 from his four overs.
Trevor Thomason bowled well for his 3/19, while Luke Jones picked up 2/15.
In reply, an opening stand of 73 from Sam Watts (47) and Hari Bhandari (23) set up the Ex-Servos win.
The hosts fought back in the middle part of the second innings though, claiming 4/24 – Jurancic (four), Graham Phillis (nine), Nate Jone (one) and Chaise Boulding (three) – after the two Ex-Servos openers were dismissed.
The visitors stabilised and reached the total (6/125) in the 18th over, with Trevor Thomason (10 not out) and Chris Bramley (seven not out) at the crease.
Thomas King was Berry’s best bowler, claiming 2/21, while both Dale Lovatt (1/10) and Dylan Cosgrove (1/13) took one.