REIGNING premiers Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens have finished on top of the one-day Shoalhaven District Cricket Association ladder, after defeating Bomaderry on Saturday.
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The hosts at Hayden Drexel Oval won the toss and sent their Bomaderry opponents to the crease – in a match reduced to 25 overs each, due to the wet weather.
In just his second game in Tigers colours, Mick Perry top scored for the visitors with 20 – an innings which included three boundaries.
Perry was one of four Bomaderry batsmen to reach double figures – Michael Blattner (17), Matthew Hiriart (15) and Matthew Lees (11) all got starts, as they we dismissed in the 25th over for 88.
With the ball, Nathan Tyrrell produced his best bowling display in Ex-Servos colours, claiming 3/8 from five overs.
Tyrrell was well supported by Daniel Gleeson and Mathew Ganderton, who both claimed 2/12, while Blake Munilla (1/3), Trevor Thomason (1/12) and Nate Jones (1/23) all claimed one scalp.
In reply, Ex-Servos made light work of the chase, reaching the target (3/91) in the 13th over.
Daniel Gleeson was the star with the bat, smashing 52 not out from 33 balls – a stand which included nine boundaries and one six.
Skipper Gleeson received support at the crease from Simon Blizzard (19) and Nathan Tyrrell (18), as Stu Jeffrey (2/24) and Charles Gardner (1/20) did what they could with the ball for Bomaderry.
This win sees Ex-Servos finish on top of the one-day ladder with 55 points, with three wins and two draws.
Coming in second, after the five rounds of action, is Ulladulla United on 37 points, just ahead of Berry-Shoalhaven Heads (34) and North Nowra-Cambewarra (29).
Norths secured fourth spot ahead of Nowra, who also finished on 29 points, thanks to a superior percentage (1.3651 to 0.7561).
As such, Nowra finished fifth and Bomaderry (21) sixth.
This means, the semi-final match-ups on Sunday, December 16 will be; Ex-Servos and Norths at Hayden Drexel Oval and Ulladulla vs Berry at Lighthouse Oval – with both matches starting at 10am.
The two winners will then progress to play in the one-day decider on Saturday, December 22.
The competition now shifts to Twenty20 format, starting this Saturday at both the Nowra Showground and Berry Sports Complex – from 1pm.
On the day, hosts Nowra will take on both Ex-Servos and Norths, while Bomaderry will battle Ulladulla and the Magpies at Berry.
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