Batemans Bay’s second-grade cricket side find themselves in a strong position after day-one of their two-day match against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at Hanging Rock Oval.
Batemans Bay won the toss and elected to bat, but that bit them when opener Stephen Knight was dismissed for a duck with the total at just eight.
Ryan Hall and Anthony Mortimer combined for a solid partnership of 58 before Hall was caught and bowled by John Ulrick for 21.
Mortimer departed just seven runs later, and when Zac Henstock was removed for eight, the Bay were struggling at 4/77.
They turned the batting around from there though, as Daniel Smith and Darcy Knight both had their wicket intact at the tea break.
Knight was bowled out shortly after tea by Dylan Cosgrove for 18, leaving Praveen Varghese to build a partnership with Smith.
The two batsmen built a partnership of 35 before Smith’s wicket, and when both Praveen Varghese and Josh Lee fell shortly afterward, the Bay were left at 8/165.
Lachlan Croke and Luke Condon were left to pick up the pieces for the home side, and Condon soon announced his intent with aggressive stroke play.
Croke was removed for 13, leaving Sean Griffin to hold up an end while Condon amassed a half century.
The two put on a 10th-wicket partnership of 58 before Condon was finally removed for a team-high score of 60, leaving the home side with a defensible total of 256.
Berry-Shoalhaven Heads had to see off five overs to end the day, and Darcy Knight struck quickly to have the visitors 1/6 at stumps.
The two sides will resume play next Saturday, with the Bay looking for two-straight wins to start the two-day season.