A CRICKET masterclass by the experienced Michael Troy has helped Berry-Shoalhaven Heads win their opening round Shoalhaven Cricket clash against Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's.
At Lyrebird Sports Park, Michael Troy’s 40, along with Hugh Dobson’s 44 steered the visitors to 5/178, despite 2/40 from Jacob Higgins.
In reply, tight bowling from Michael Troy (3/5) and Chris Platts (2/12) restricted Ex-Servos to 81 – with Scott McCurdy (36) top scoring.
At the same venue, Sussex Inlet defeated Nowra, after the latter could only muster 130 with the bat – as Jason Webber (79) was the only batsmen to trouble the bowlers.
Both hat-trick hero Stephen Jones (3/19) and Liam Davis (3/21) starred with the cherry.
In their innings, 72 not out from Shane Ishwerwood saw Sussex pass the target (7/131) in the 34th over, as Aaron Turner (3/15) was Nowra’s best bowler.
At the Bomaderry Sporting Complex, Mitchell Graham’s 43 steered the Tigers to 8/115, despite Lachlan Malcolm’s 4/27.
But it wasn’t enough, as 30 from Tom Purcell and 22 from Lachlan Malcolm steered the Bay to the target (3/116) in the 31st over – with Mick Blattner (2/29) being the Tigers best with the ball.
In the final game, at Francis Ryan Sports Ground, North Nowra-Cambewarra edged Bay and Basin.
Basin could only post 62, as James Cohen took 4/9, before 29 not out from Toby Huard steered Norths to 2/63 in the 17th over.