PLAYED AWAY: Tim Hartshorn, pictured here batting last week, captained Batemans Bay to its first win of the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association season.BATEMANS Bay Cricket Club’s first grade side eroded last season’s finishing faults to upset Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen at Hayden Drexel Oval, Worrigee on Saturday.
The Bay made a great start, hitting 265 in their first innings last week, leaving the home side with plenty of runs to chase.
Ex-Servicemen’s were on the back foot early, with opener Chris Bramley absent and unable to resume his innings from last week.
Shoalhaven then lost early wickets, with Paul Britt dismissing Brett Jones for a duck, and Tim Sethi removing skipper Mat Ganderton for 11.
Sam Stewart (14) was the only other player in the top order to reach double figures, as Shoalhaven slumped to 7/40.
Aaron Van Essen (27) added some runs late in the piece, but the damage had already been done.
Marc Stiller, David West and Luke Condon each dismissed a lower order batsmen and Shoalhaven was bowled out for 70.
Sethi (4/8) was the pick of the bowlers for Batemans Bay, while Britt bowled well with figures of 2/15.
Sethi’s accurate medium pace deliveries troubled the batsmen as he constantly made them play.
“He put it in very good areas, particularly with the pitch doing a little,” Batemans Bay captain Tim Hartshorn said.
“He put the ball in a position where they had to play which made a big difference.”
Batemans Bay had a 195-run lead and decided to enforce the follow on, but there was a lot more resistance from the home side in its second dig.
Blake Morris (23) and Stewart (18) made some starts at the top of the order, while Josh Jones (51) displayed some big hitting, with three sixes on his way to a half-century.
Shoalhaven batted out the rest of the day, reaching 5/109 before the close of play, giving Batemans Bay first innings points.
Marc Stiller (3/13) was the best of the bowlers in the second innings and was unlucky not to remove a batsman who played and missed several times in one of his spells.
The win was a big turnaround for Batemans Bay, after they struggled in their first season in the Shoalhaven last year.
Hartshorn was impressed by the Bay’s ability to finish off its opponent, especially with new addition, Ryan Chamberlain, unable to bowl due to a side strain
“It’s a good start to the season knowing we have enough firepower to bowl sides out,” Hartshorn said.
Hartshorn highlighted Stiller’s consistency and low economy rate – 24 runs from 23 overs – which helped his side build pressure.
“He bowled exceptionally well and in one particular second innings spell he made a batsman miss numerous times,” he said.
Batemans Bay’s first grade team has a bye next weekend before a two-day match against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads on November 1 and 2.
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