AFTER an exciting opening to the season with one-day fixtures, the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association second grade competition has now shifted to the two-day format.
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On day one of their opening match against North Nowra-Cambewarra, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads are in a strong position, thanks to their bowlers.
The visitors at the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex won the toss and sent Norths in.
Behind solid innings from Jack Sweet (37), Toby Huard (25) and Hyeon Parsons (22), Norths posted 126 from their 54.4 overs.
Their sub-par score was due to the exceptional bowling by Magpies’ Daniel Watson (5/41) and Dylan Cosgrove (3/45) – with Hugh Dobson (1/23) claiming the other wicket.
In reply, Berry are well positioned to claim first innings points at 3/80 – thanks to knocks from Dylan Cosgrove (31) and Aaron Coutts-Smith (27).
Robert Haigh is single-handedly keeping the hosts in the contest, with 3/23 from his 11 overs.
At Bomaderry Oval, Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens are in a commanding position against the Tigers.
After being sent in, the hosts posted 185, behind 72 from Trevor Wright and 40 from Jacob Wright.
The total would have been larger if not for the tight bowling by Shane Halliday (4/23), Luke Jurancic (3/38) and Gary Fuss (3/38).
In response, Ex-Servos are cruising at 1/94, thanks Brandon Booth (42 not out) and Paul Meakins (33) – with Anthony Johnston (1/23) taking the Tigers lone wicket.
At Hanging Rock, Batemans Bay won the toss against Sussex Inlet and decided to bat – which turned out to be a great decision.
At the end of day on, the hosts were 9/290, thanks to Anthony Mortimer (65), Lachlan Paterson (59), Lachlan Croke (32 not out), Zac Henstock (31) and Darcy Knight (28).
With the ball, Sussex were best served by Deklin Matson (three wickets) and Callum Franchi (two wickets).
The final match of the round is at Lighthouse Oval, between Ulladulla United and Bay and Basin.
United won the toss, electing to bat first on their home deck, but the batsmen struggled from the outset – only Jed Silver (22) and Terry Dorrell (16) reaching double figures, as the hosts were all out for 95 in the 30th over.
Luke Gogerly (5/29) was the standout for Basin, while Dre Howlett (2/4), Shaun Brooks (1/2) and Troy Cole (1/18) also claiming wickets.
In reply, Basin also struggled with the willow, being all out for 81 – handing the hosts first innings points.
For Basin, Darren O'Keefe (20 not out), Shaun Brooks (14) and Troy Cole (12) did what they could, as Jed Silver (5/33), Jamie Jones (2/20), Terry Dorrell (1/8) and Daniel Todeschini (1/9) took wickets for United.
In their second innings, United reached 2/44 before stumps, with Andrew Gardiner (18 not out) and Terry Dorrell (16 not out) at the crease.
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