NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra have started their 2018/19 Shoalhaven District Cricket Association season in perfect fashion, comprehensively defeating Berry-Shoalhaven Heads by 104 runs on Saturday.
After being sent in by the hosts at the Berry Sporting Complex, Norths started slowly after Jack Carter was dismissed for just one by Tom Dougall.
This brought Shane Bell to the crease.
And despite slow going in the early part of his partnership with Luke Huard, the duo went on to make more than 100 in the second wicket partnership, before the latter had to retire hurt on 58.
This brought Norths skipper Justin Weller to the crease, who made a quickfire 19 from 15 balls, before being dismissed with the score at 3/171.
In the final couple of overs, Graham Davidson, in his return match for the club, and Dean Tyson both scored 26 not out, to help the visitors post the competitive total of 3/217 from their 45 overs.
With the ball, the Magpies were best served by Callum Crapp (1/28), Tom Dougall (1/40) and David Crapp (1/49).
In reply, the hosts started slowly, with both openers Dylan Cosgrove (one) and Alex Wright (six) falling cheaply, off the bowling of Justin Weller.
David Crapp then came to the crease as first drop and attempted to stabilise the run chase off his own bat, as his batting partners continued to be dismissed cheaply.
First was Max Lans for four, which was was followed by Jarrod Mitchell (zero) and Glenn Brandon (two) before Daniel Troy offered some resistance with 13, before falling – leaving the Magpies at 6/75.
This was followed by Callum Crapp and John Ulrick both being out for two.
David Crapp, who despite his best efforts of hitting four boundaries and two sixes on his way to 61, was next to fall and his wicket signalled the end for Berry.
Jack Gibbs would fall two runs later, for two, as the Magpies were all out for 113 in the 31st over – with Tom Dougall remaining not out on four.
Justin Weller led the way for the Cambewarriors with 3/19, with Ben Seyffer (3/23) also finishing with three scalps.
The final four wickets were shared by Damian Spelta (2/13) and Hugh Gillen (2/28).
Captain Justin Weller said he couldn’t be happier with how his team performed in the opening game of the season.
“Batting first, we were very confident that anything over 200 was going to be very hard to chase down, as we thought 180 was a par score with the slower than normal outfield,” Weller said.
“Both Shane Bell and Luke Huard laid a great platform for us to build around with the bat.
“Once we got the ball in our hands, our bowling plan was simple; bowl tight lines and field well.
“We knew if we could take a couple early wickets, we could bring up the field and force them into making mistakes, which is what ended up happening.
“In particular, I thought the two young blokes, Damian Spelta and Ben Seffyer, bowled really well for us and I have big hopes for them both this season.
“Overall, it was a great way to start the season.
“A lot of the boys haven’t had much training, so was really pleasing to get a good win on the board early – I’m very proud of the way the boys played.”
The two other first grade matches, Nowra and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens at the Nowra Showground and Bomaderry and Ulladulla United at Bomaderry Oval were washed out.