BOMADERRY’S Michael Coulter has been one of his side’s top performers on the pitch this season and Saturday against his former team Nowra was no different.
After being sent in by the visitors at Bomaderry Oval, the Tigers lost both openers Ethan Adlington (nine) and Jhie Cushan (five) cheaply – leaving the hosts at 2/25.
This saw the two Coulter boys, Michael and Josh, team up at the crease.
The pair put on 17 runs before Josh was dismissed by Nowra’s Jason Bell for 15.
Coulter and Heath Muller then combined for a 52-run fourth wicket partnership, before Alex Legge dismissed the latter for 23.
Muller’s dismissal started a gradual flow of wickets for the Tigers, with no other batsmen reaching double figures.
But Coulter didn’t let that faze him, as he kept the runs ticking over.
Matthew Hiriart (zero), Greg Wellington (seven), Harrison Graham (one) and skipper Stu Jeffrey (six) all came and went quickly.
Running out of partners, Coulter started to play his shots, with him and Robert Mirabito combining for 41 – with the latter only contributing eight.
Zeroing in on his ton, Coulter would fall one run short of his first century of the season – being clean bowled by Jason Bell for 99.
When Michael Coulter was bowled for 99 against Nowra on Saturday, he became the first Bomaderry batsman to be dismissed for that total in first grade.
However four others from the club have made such a total in lower senior divisions, as follows:
- second grade: Darryl Koglin, 99 not out v Ulladulla United in 1982-83.
- third grade: Tim Mather, 99 v Nowra in one-day final, 2002-03.
- third grade: Daniel Roth, 99 v Ulladulla United Golds, in 2010-11.
- fourth grade: David Hazell, 99 not out v Berry-Shoalhaven Heads, in 2006-07.
Mirabito would fall soon after, as the Tigers were all out for 180 in the 68th over.
Jason Bell, who took the decisive wicket of Michael Coulter, finished with 3/33 from his 15.4 overs.
Other wicket takers for Nowra were Alex Legge (2/16), Jono Clack (2/41), Lewis O’Brien (1/20) and Daniel Bryant (1/41).
In reply, Nowra still need a further 161 runs to secure first innings points, after finishing at 1/20 at stumps.
The man in the sheds already is the dangerous Jason Bell, dismissed by Stu Jeffrey for six.
Ryan Henry will start day two at 13 not out.
Elsewhere, day one of the clash between North Nowra-Cambewarra and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens at the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex was called off due to wet conditions – with the match reverting to a one-day game next Saturday.