Ex-Servos look to add to trophy cabinet

SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemen will be hoping to make it three one-day premierships in four years this Sunday when they take on Berry at Hayden Drexel Oval.

Ex-Servos have been a dominant force in second grade over the last three seasons having taken out three premierships in a row and two one-day premierships.

However this year they will be up against Berry who will be hoping to avenge their one-day final loss to Nowra last season.

This season, Ex-Servos have been the in-form side and are yet to be beaten after nine rounds.

Chris Weller, Brandon Booth and David Sloane have had strong seasons with the bat and will be hoping to make a mark in the one-day final. 

For Berry, Peter O’Keefe leads the competition run scoring with 246 and has proved to be a consistent contributor.

With the ball, Ex-Servos have enjoyed the success of Vimulkumar Patel who has recorded 17 wickets at the halfway point in the season, while for Berry, Luke Saare has taken 15.

Similarly to second grade, the one-day final for third grade will be held at Lyrebird Park between Ex-Servicemen and Berry as well.

Ex-Servos finished top in the one-day ladder and will head into the final as the favourites, however Berry have showed their worth with some big wins this season.

Andrew Wilson (22 wickets) and Ben Philpott (16 wickets) lead the bowling aggregate and will hope to get Ex-Servos off to a good start but will be matched by the bowling attack of Berry which includes Joe Rogers (16 wickets) and Lloyd Herron (15 wickets).

Aaron Vanessen has been the run scorer for Ex-Servos this season with 313 at 62.6, but will have to compete with young all-rounded Lloyd Herron who has also notched up 265 runs to go with his tally of wickets.

In fourth grade it will be Ex-Servos again taking on Nowra Green at Nowra High School number two. 

Continuing the Ex-Servos dominance is their fourth grade team who has also cruised through the one-day games undefeated.

Lachlan Butfield has been in good form for Nowra White and scored bulk of their runs as has Stuart Brown with the ball, taking 15 wickets this season.

Luke Hopper (12 wickets) and Barry Cumberland (11 wickets) have been the best of the bowlers for Ex-Servos and will hope to keep the Nowra Green batsmen at bay.


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