Winning the toss, Batemans Bay captain Stephen Knight had no hesitation in electing to bat first on a hard, straw-coloured wicket at Hanging Rock.
Fifth-placed North Nowra Cambewarra sought an early breakthrough, but were confronted by the clean-striking opener, Anthony Mortimer, who launched into an all-too-familiar assault on the bowlers.
With Mortimer was finally dismissed for 63 in only the 15th over, spectators would have been forgiven for thinking they were experiencing a Twenty20 spectacle.
Fellow opener Knight (8) had barely troubled the scorers in an opening partnership that yielded 67 runs.
Despite a recent run of good form, number three Ryan Hall (8) came and went, dismissed by a full ball that sneaked under his probing bat.
Zac Henstock (14) sought to arrest an alarming run of recent outs, and was looking increasingly comfortable, until yet another run out brought about his undoing.
Recently promoted junior talent, Lachlan Malcolm (11), also began to look increasingly assured at the crease before being one of three victims of the nagging spin of North Nowra’s J. Cohen.
The spinner finished with the very tidy figures of 3-33 from his 17 overs.
First change bowler, Tobias Hanger was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4-55 from 22 overs.
A solid 45-run eighth wicket partnership between Lachlan Paterson (32) and Praveen Varghese (31) ensured the home side would post a defensible score of 195.
North Nowra were then tasked with the unenviable assignment of facing a nasty eight over barrage from Darcy Knight and Lachlan Paterson, both of whom had torn through Bomaderry the previous week.
Knight, in particular, had the shiny new Kookaburra zig-zagging about at very good pace to trouble the top order of the visiting team.
After seaming the ball away from right-hander H. Parsons, the right-arm Batemans Bay quick jagged one back to disturb the opener’s stumps, out for a third ball duck in the opening over of the innings.
Veteran Brett Mark provided resolute resistance in the face of high calibre fast bowling to remain bruised, battered but not out for no score, and will resume the North Nowra innings this Saturday at -3, with junior batting prospect, Toby Huard on 2 not out.
Batemans Bay will be seeking to make further early inroads as they strive for a semi-finals berth in March.
Competition leaders Batemans Bay travelled to Lyrebird Park in Nowra , to take on 2nd placed Nowra in the two-day competition.
Nowra won the toss and batted first, and opening bowlers Mark Templeman and Mick Nikolajew soon had Nowra on the back foot.
Nowra were 4 for 22 but a solid 50-run partnership between Shawn Higgins and Lachlan Butfield steadied the ship.
However, once this pair were removed, there was little further resistance and Nowra were all out for 94 runs.
Best with the ball from the Bay were Nikolajew 3 for 27, Pat Griffin 3 for 30 and Mark Templeman 2 for 7, with James Dickinson picking up 2 for 13 with his leg-spin.
Dave West led the way with the bat in the Bay’s reply after the usually reliable James Cashin fell cheaply.
West compiled a valuable 48, and with stout resistance from Sean Griffin, 10 n.o. Batemans Bay are in a strong position at 4 for 76 and should gain first innings points early next week with the chance to press on to an outright victory.
North Nowra Cambewarra won the toss and batted first at picturesque Cambewarra, but were soon in trouble against the accurate Batemans Bay bowling attack.
No batsman reached double figures as they were bowled out for a total of 25 runs.
Wickets were shared among the Bay bowlers with Grace Blackmore, Josh Vanzetti and Alex Woolridge each claiming 2 wickets, and Jed Salmon, Kasper Matuschka Luke Gallen and Mick Vanzetti each picked up one wicket a piece; in a great all-round bowling effort backed up by excellent fielding.
Batemans Bay’s turn at the crease saw 4 early wickets fall for 23 runs before Jeed Salmon and Luke Gallen steadied the ship with a fine 54-run unbeaten partnership.
Both Salmon and Gallen remain 21 n.o. and will resume next week, with the score 4 for 77 and the Bay already having secured first innings points.
Batemans Bay hosted North Nowra Cambewarra at Hanging Rock and secured a valuable first innings win to remain at the top of the competition ladder.
North Nowra won the toss and offered Batemans Bay first use of the crease.
A solid team batting effort saw the Bay total all out for 103 runs, with Cooper Frawley 22 , Ricky Holmes 21, Jackson Riley 13 and Flynn Dunn 10, the leading scorers .
In reply, North Nowra found runs hard to come by and were under pressure for most of their innings.
Pick of the bowlers were Joshua Franklin 2 for 11 Flynn Dunn 1 – 4 and Claudia Hannan 1 – 7 while Cooper Frawley rounded off a great match taking 2 for 0.
The win for Batemans Bay keeps them firmly at the top of the U12s competition ladder.
The Bay U11s hosted Ulladulla at Hanging Rock on Saturday morning. Ulladulla won the toss and batted first, compiling an imposing 131 runs.
The Bay bowlers were tireless but came up against some solid batting by the visitors.
In reply, Batemans Bay were competitive with all batsmen contributing, but came up short in their reply with 100 runs from their 20 overs.
Andy Frawley and Jesse Dunn top-scored with 11 each and Archie Hancock and Jordan Stevenson scored 9 each, with significant contributions from Kayden Smith, Bayley Kravtsov and Maddy Malcolm.
A very pleasing effort overall, but unlucky against a strong opposition.