YOUNG Nowra tyro Justin Rumble led his team to victory over Bomaderry on Saturday with an impressive and hostile effort with the ball.
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Rumble, in this Shoalhaven District Cricket Association first grade one day match at Bomaderry Oval, was a man on a mission and went onto take a five-wicket haul.
Bomaderry struggled against this constant barrage of fiery fast bowling and its 99-run first innings total was always going to be hard to defend.
Nowra got the runs needed to win with ease and only lost three wickets on the way to victory.
However, Rumble’s efforts were the talk of the match.
His first two overs set the platform of what was to come and he particularly targeted dangerous Bomaderry batsman Michael Coulter.
Rumble had Coulter ducking and weaving all over the place and at one stage the class Bomaderry batsman found himself sprawled on the ground.
You could just sense something was going to happen in the early overs and it did.
Coulter decided attack was the best form of defence against Rumble and he went for a slashing shot but unfortunately, he nicked the ball and Nowra wicket-keeper Scott Fagerlund did the rest.
Fagerlund’s one-handed diving catch was a screamer and is the early runner for the catch of the season.
Rumble ended up the impressive figures of 5/18 off five overs and several other Nowra bowlers played roles in making sure Bomaderry could only muster a low score.
Jason Bell took 3/8 off only two-and-a-bit overs and Brad Ison chimed in with 2/26.
Nowra wasted no time in getting the runs needed to post the victory and the only needed 20 overs.
Damien Etherington and Fagerlund got Nowra off to a flyer with their 35 run first wicket stand.
Fagerlund was the first to go but not before he had smashed 23 runs which included two sixes and two boundaries.
Etherington’s 30 runs were punctuated with six boundaries.
Nowra’s Cameron Fernie was then able to bat freely and he top scored with 38 runs which included seven boundaries.
Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's v North Nowra Cambewarra
Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's after posting a first innings total of 164 runs against North Nowra Cambewarra on Saturday knew they had to do one thing - bowl well.
The Ex-Men did just that and won this one-day match at Hayden Drexel Oval by dismissing Norths for 120 runs.
The Norths attack did look sharp at times and keeping the home-side to just 164 runs was a good effort.
Nathan Austin 39 runs with two sixes and four boundaries, Daniel Gleeson 31 runs with four boundaries and Sam Bagnall 22 runs played well for the Ex-Men.
Bagnall hit three fours and a six in his explosive innings.
Justin Weller, as expected, led the way with the ball for Norths and finished the fine figures of 3/33.
Nick McDonald would have been pleased with the three wickets he got for Norths, particularly as they only cost him three runs.
Things, with the bat, started reasonably well for Norths and its first wicket (Luke Huard) fell with 26 runs on the scoreboard.
Unfortunately for Norths wickets fell consistently with only a few brief moments of hope.
Weller top scored with a run-a-ball 28 runs with four boundaries and Samuel Lowcock was carving out an impressive dig but was out for 21 runs.
Lowcock faced just 10 balls and smashed five boundaries.
Matt Ganderton took three wickets for the Ex-Men, while Nate Jones, Justin Ganderton and Bagnall got two each.
Ulladulla United v Berry Shoalhaven Heads
Nathan Thomas blazed a match-winning century for Berry Shoalhaven Heads on Saturday against Ulladulla United to set up a victory for his team.
Thomas made 149 runs and found the Lighthouse Oval boundary with ease.
He smashed an incredible 14 sixes and four boundaries during his time out in the middle.
Berry, with Thomas leading the way, was able to post a mammoth 7/282 first innings total.
The home-side went after the run chase with great determination but at stumps was all out for 173 runs.
Most of the Berry batsmen watched from the other end as Thomas blazed away but David Crapp did manage to make 37 runs which included a six and a boundary.
Peter King led the way with the ball for United and picked up a three-wicket haul.
Tom Dougall took three wickets for Berry, while Glenn Brandon and Nathan Thorn got two each.
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