SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemens have given themselves a chance hosting a second grade semi-final, after recording an emphatic outright win against Ulladulla United on Saturday.
The win at Hayden Drexel Oval, which sees Ex-Servos leap-frog Sussex Inlet into second place on the ladder, was set up by the hosts' bowlers.
After United won the toss and elected to bat, they would be all out just 12.4 overs later, posting a total of 20.
Brothers Drew (seven) and Jay Ramsden (seven not out) top scored for the visitors, while Gary Fuss (4/7), Luke Jones (3/12) and Rocky Ninovic (1/1) did all the damage with the cherry.
In reply, a blazing 37 from opener Brandon Booth saw the hosts easily secure first innings points.
Booth was well supported by Ninovic (29 not out), Luke Jurancic (28) and Shane Halliday (20), as Ex-Servos declared at 5/119 after 15 overs.
The one shining light for United was Jay Ramsden, who claimed 4/42 from his five overs - with Dave Clark (1/7) securing the other wicket.
In their second innings, United offered more resistance but would eventually be all out for 68, with Terry Dorrell (35) top scoring.
The outright win was secured thanks to Ninovic (4/9) and Jurancic (3/26) - which will see Ex-Servos secure second spot unless Sussex Inlet manages to claim first innings points in their match with Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.
After being sent in, Sussex posted 139, thanks to Shane Bate (80 not out), despite 4/25 from Berry's Daniel Watson.
In reply, the hosts at the Berry Sports Complex are in trouble at 4/37, with Riley Jarrett having 3/16 next to his name so far.
At the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, Bomaderry batted first against North Nowra-Cambewarra and posted 160, on the back of a captain's knock of 58 from Mathew Bell.
The hosts were best served by Matt Hickmott (5/29) and Rob Haigh (3/36) with the ball.
Norths will resume at 2/61 on day two.
Finally, at Sanctuary Point Oval, Bay and Basin are 3/133 chasing Batemans Bay's total of 139, thanks to Santino Battagliolo (68 not out).
With the ball, the Dolphins were led by Troy Cole, who finished with 6/49 from his 11.4 overs.
Bay's best batsmen was Ryan Hall (33).