THE Shoalhaven’s second grade cricketers have gone about their business with some solid performances with bat and ball in their return to the pitch.
Runs flowed and wickets fell as players seemed to relish getting back into the action.
At Ulladulla Sports Park, Ulladulla United look to have their noses in front against North Nowra Camberwarra.
United declared at 5/225 after 63 overs, with Craig Smith responsible for the lion’s share of his side’s total.
Coming in at number three, Smith’s 82 accounted for more than a third of the home side’s total, with Kyle Jarrett and Sam Smith the next highest scorers with 30 and 22 respectively.
For the visitors, Sam Austin and Bob Ducie were the best of the ball, Austin claimed 2/29 from his 12 overs and Ducie returned figures of 2/20, while Paul Davidson claimed the other United wicket.
Play closed with North Nowra at 1/28 after Ducie (5) was dismissed early, leaving Alan Muggleton and Brett Mark at the crease.
At Rugby Park the match between Nowra and Ex-Servos could go either way.
Ex-Servos managed to dismiss Nowra for a miserable 96, with John King (23) and Jonathan Clark (32) the only two batsmen to provide any sort of resistance.
The visitor’s bowling attack worked as a unit, with Kurt Regan, Matt Smit and Syd Weller each claiming three wickets, while Vimalkumar Patel grabbed the remaining wicket.
While the visitors would have gone into their innings full of confidence, some of the wind was taken out of their sails as they went to the close of play at 3/47.
David Sloane gave them some hope though as pushed on to 19 not out, joined at the crease by Kieran Witt unbeaten on 8.
For Nowra, Jordan Pearson did the early damage with the ball, claiming 2/12.
Rhys Fagerlund snared the other Ex-Servos wicket.
At Bomderry Oval, Bomaderry will look to protect their total of 209 after Bay & Basin ended the day’s play at 2/36.
For Bomaderry, it was the Blattners who provided most of the runs, with Michael adding 48 before being dismissed.
Zach then made his way to an unbeaten 59.
For the visitors, Adam Kemt turned in a strong performance with the leather, with figures of 4/51 from 14 overs.
Michael Blanch and Michael Dolby took 2/33 and 2/51 respectively and Braedon Shears claimed the last wicket on offer.
Bay & Basin looked to have got off to a solid start as Andrew Woolfe and Shaun Suridge shared an opening partnership of 25.
Their good work was then undone as Matt Bell claimed Suridge and Shaers to leave the visitors at 2/36.
At Hanging Rock, visiting Berry look to be in control over Batemans Bay, ending the day at 9/220.
Opener Carl Lang (2) was dismissed early but John Lloyd-Jones and John Lett put on a 75 run partnership for the visitors to take back the reins.
Lloyd-Jones was dismissed for 26, while Lett (48) fell two runs short of a half-century.
A half century from Paul O’Keefe (54) and some handy contributions from a number of tail-enders helped the visitors reach a respectable total after 75 overs.