WITH menace and skill the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association bowlers have been making the lives of batsmen difficult this season.
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Young gun Nate Jones (Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens) is the leading wicket taker in first grade with 21 scalps and his best figures this year are 4/15.
The Bay and Basin’s Liam O’Brien has been charging in strongly this season and has 20 wickets with the best figures of 7/38.
Basin’s Darren O’Keefe 18 wickets, Ulladulla United’s Aaron Webster 15 wickets and Berry Shoalhaven Heads’ Glenn Brandon 14 wickets round out the top five.
Brandon (5/29) and Webster (5/42) have also taken five wicket hauls.
Nowra’s consistent John King is the leading wicket taker in second grade with 18 wickets but his season best of 5/3 is the most impressive part of his bowling this year.
Bomaderry’s Matthew Bell is the next successful wicket-taker with 16 victims, followed by Nowra’s Brad Ison with 14, Nowra’s Joel Lahene with 13 and Ex-Servicemen’s Ben Philpott 11 rounds out the top five wicket-takers.
Bell (5/41) and Philpott (5/64) have also taken five wicket hauls this season.
James Cohen is proving to be a strike-weapon for Bay and Basin this season and he is the leading third grade wicket takers with 17 victims.
Three players Sussex’s Stephen Jones, Berry’s John Ulrick and Berry’s Timothy Duggan have all take 13 wickets apiece this season, while Sussex’s Jason Hornizky with 12 scalps caps off the top five.
Cohen (6/32), Jones (5/26) and Hornizky (5/31) have taken five wicket hauls this season in third grade.
Berry’s Hugh Dobson looks like he is becoming a promising all-rounder and to go with his solid batting efforts this season he is also the leading fourth grade wicket-taker so far this season.
Dobson has taken 17 wickets this season, but several others are eyeing off his top spot on the ladder.
North Nowra Cambewarra’s Alex Parson, Bomaderry’s Garry Evans and Nowra’s Grahame Morris have all taken 15 wickets this season, while Norths’ Josh Neri caps off the top five fourth grade wicket takers with 14 scalps.
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