Batemans Bay flails as runs flow for Wales

A SUPERB unbeaten century by skipper Mitch Wales helped Broulee to secure a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Bay Tigers Gold at Captain Oldrey Park on Saturday.

The result, which was earned in hot and windy conditions, meant Broulee racked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Broulee won the toss and elected to bat on home soil, a decision that paid off in droves as the hosts cruised along to a big total of 3/239 off 40 overs.

Wales was the undisputed star when he left the ground not out on 118.

All-rounder Tom Bennett (48) and wicket keeper-batsman Jeremy Wales (22) played solid supporting roles.

However, despite some outstanding individual performances, Broulee player-coach Jamie Prior said it was the best team effort he has seen from his troops so far this season.

“It was excellent,” he said.

“It was the best performance we’ve put in all season by a long shot.

“Everything has finally clicked for us. Even though we had some standout performers, the whole team was in a good frame of mind.”

It may have been a team effort but there was no stealing the limelight from Mitch Wales, who also took two wickets in a tight opening spell of bowling.

“It was definitely Mitch’s day,” Prior said.

“He and Tom (Bennett) opened the bowling and kept things really tight for us, which didn’t give the Tigers a chance at all.”

Tigers Gold put up some stubborn defence in their run chase but fell well short when bowled out for 150 in the 32nd over.

Sam Bennett was Broulee’s best with the ball in hand as he took three wickets with some neat spin bowling, while Farley Prior (two wickets) helped clean up the Bay’s tail.

Meanwhile at Dalmeny, Tuross Head fell to another frustrating defeat, this time against a resurgent Dalmeny-Narooma side.

Tuross batted first and posted 5/179 before the home side chased down the moderate total for the loss of six wickets.

Brae Kelly was the man of the match after he scored more than half of Tuross Head’s runs. However, there was some frustration for Kelly as he fell just nine runs short of his century.

Mick Stonehouse (37) and Matt Corbett (30) were the stars of Dalmeny-Narooma’s run chase, as Rhys Voysey made an impressive return for Tuross with figures of 2/25.

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