A BALANCED batting display has put Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens in a dominant position after day one of their match against North Nowra-Cambewarra on Saturday.
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At Hayden Drexel Oval, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first – which soon led to strong dividends.
Both openers Blake Morris and Paul Meakins easily passed the half century mark, before the latter was dismissed for 80.
This didn’t halt the run scoring for the hosts, as first drop Brandon Booth came in and hit 41 before Hari Bhandari scored 31.
Morris was then joined by Luke Jurancic at the crease where the former would eventually fall for 93 – seven runs short of his century.
The hosts would eventually declare at 4/305 with Juranic and Ben Guyer unbeaten on 37 not out and eight not out respectively.
For Norths, the four single wicket takers were Graham Lowbridge (1/28), Marley Arthur (1/39), Jarryd Madden (1/58) and Robert Haigh (1/83).
In reply, Norths joined in the run scoring, reaching 0/56 at stumps, with Paul Davidson (26 not out) and Robert Haigh (24 not out) at the crease.
At the Nowra Showground, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads are sticking it to undefeated leaders Nowra.
The Magpies won the toss and elected to bat first and thanks to Max Lans and Jarrod Mitchell got off to a decent start.
The pair combined for 25 runs before Lans was bowled by Joel Lahene for 15.
Both Blygh (two) and Lloyd Herron (nine) both came went quickly before Richard Ingle teamed up with Mitchell.
The latter would eventually fall for a team high score of 31, which signalled the end for the visitors.
The final four wickets fell for just 27 runs, with the Magpies all out for 103 in the 47th over.
With the cherry, Nowra were led by Luke Stevenson (4/31), Joel Lahene (3/33) and Justin Rumble (2/22).
In reply, Nowra are in trouble at 5/36 – thanks to two wickets each from Ryan Hennessy and Blygh Herron.
The hosts will resume on day two with Justin Rumble (11 not out) and Justin Wallace (zero not out) at the crease, needing a further 72 runs for first innings points.
The final match of the round saw Batemans Bay travel to Bomaderry Oval to play the Tigers.
The hosts batted first and posted 198, thanks to Matthew Lees (61) and Adam Pritchett (32).
With the ball, Bay’s best were Praveen Varghese (4/68), Brad Hancock (3/43) and Sean Griffin (2/29).
Bay will resume their first innings at 2/24 on day two.
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