THE match between Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens and Sussex Inlet is delicately poised after day one, despite a number of strong individual performances from both sides.
At Hayden Drexel Oval, the host won the toss and sent the league leading Sussex Inlet to the crease.
The visitors started strongly, with both Paul Kezik (22) and Jon Kingston (17) getting starts, before being dismissed by Gary Fuss and Luke Jurancic respectively.
Handy knocks from middle-order batsmen Pat Matson (22), Callum Franchi (18), Deklin Matson (13) and Riley Jarrett (12) then helped the visitors reach 143 from their 52.2 overs.
The pick of the bowlers for the hosts was Luke Jurancic, who claimed 4/32 from his 16 overs.
Other wicket takers for Ex-Servos were Gary Fuss (3/26), Rocky Ninovic (2/23) and Shane Halliday (1/23).
In reply, Ex-Servos will resume at 2/37 on day two, with Jurancic (13 not out) and John Bowern (eight not out) at the crease.
At Sanctuary Point Oval, Bay and Basin posted the strong total of 204, after winning the toss an electing to bat.
Santino Battagliolo hit 11 boundaries and one six on his way to top scoring for the host with 86, with Tom Dolby (41), Luke Gogerly (29) and Brad Miller (17) also batting well.
With the cherry, the Magpies were led by Callum Crapp (5/23), Nathan Thorn (3/39, Lachlan Duggan (1/35) and Ewen Porteous (1/38).
In response, Berry reached 2/42 before stumps was called on day one – with Aaron Coutts-Smith (18 not out) and Jarrod Mitchell (17 not out) still at the crease for the visitors.
While at Hanging Rock, North Nowra-Cambewwarra have a big chase ahead of them on day two against Batemans Bay.
On day one, the Bay won the toss and elected to have first use of their home deck.
Behind a classy 63 from opener Anthony Mortimer, an innings which included six boundaries and three sixes, the hosts went on to post 195 from their 66 overs.
Others to reach double figures for the Bay were Lachlan Paterson (32), Praveen Varghese (31), Zac Henstock (14) and Lachlan Malcolm (11).
With the ball, Tobias Hanger was the chief destroyer with 4/56 from his 22 overs – including eight maidens.
Not to be outdone, Hanger’s team mates James Cohen and Robert Haigh claimed 3/33 and 2/66 respectively.
In reply, Norths started terribly as opener Hyeon Parsons was dismissed for a third ball duck, as the visitors will resume at 1/3 on day two.
Toby Huard (two not out) and Brett Mark (zero not out) are the two batsmen at the crease for Norths when play resumes.
Finally, the match between Ulladulla United and Bomaderry at Lighthouse Oval saw no action on day one, due to wet conditions – meaning the fixture will become a one-day match on Saturday.