A MIDDLE order fightback saved Berry-Shoalhaven Heads from a disastrous start to its premiership defence on Saturday.
The Shoalhaven District Cricket Association's current premiership holder took on North Nowra Cambewarra on Saturday at the Berry Sporting Complex in the first day of their two day match.
The Berry batsmen faced an explosive opening bowling spell from the dangerous Justin Weller and at one stage had lost three early wickets for just 17 runs.
The home side recovered and did well to put on 264 runs for the first innings.
Nathan Thomas, Jeff Dudgeon and David Crapp batted Berry out of trouble.
Dudgeon and Thomas, with a fourth wicket partnership of 74 runs, got things heading in the right direction for Berry.
Thomas made an aggressive 38 runs which included seven boundaries and a six.
Crapp came in to replace Thomas and along with Dudgeon set about putting the match in Berry’s favour with a 136 run partnership.
Dudgeon top scored with 97 runs, which included 14 boundaries, but agonisingly fell short of a well deserved century.
The ageless Crapp made 79 runs with 12 boundaries.
Speed-machine Weller took three wickets as did youngster Hayden Strand.
Norths started its run chase and at stumps was 0/33
Luke Huard and Jack Carter will take up strike for Norths when the match continues on Saturday.
Batemans Bay v Ulladulla United
Batemans Bay looks like it has the edge over its southern rival Ulladulla United at stumps on day one of their match at Hanging Rock Oval.
The Bay was sent into bat on Saturday and produced a solid effort to put 271 runs on the board.
United was 1/34 at stumps and to get the first innings points needs to produce a strong batting effort when the match resumes on Saturday.
The Bay, in a strong team effort, had several contributors with the bat.
Luke Condon top scored with 73 which included 12 boundaries, aggressive opener Anthony Mortimer made 43 runs with 10 boundaries, while Carl Lang 35, Zac Henstock 35 and Scott Fagerlund 26 all helped boost the Bay’s total.
Peter King led the way with the ball for United with four wicket effort, while Aaron Wester picked up three scalps.
Bay and Basin v Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens
Bay and Basin is eyeing off first innings points at stumps after day one of its match against Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens at Sanctuary Point Oval.
Exservos was sent into bat, made 193 runs and at stumps the home side was 2/145.
Liam O'Brien 51 runs and Kyle Jarrett unbeaten with 83 runs which included 11 boundaries and a six, have the Basin in a strong position.