THE Berry-Shoalhaven Heads star-studded line-up started to show signs of its true potential on Saturday when it overpowered previous competition leaders Nowra at Berry Sporting Complex.
After winning the toss Berry elected to bat first and Kerry Penfold quickly got into the rhythm of the Alex Legg and Jack Watts bowling, passing a half century with eight boundaries on his way to an eventual 58.
Team captain Jeff Dudgeon added 10 before Ben Lahene hung onto a great catch off the bowling of Watts. Carl Lang joined Penfold for a 63 run partnership that took Berry’s total into triple figures. When Kurt Quinlan dismissed Penfold on 58, thanks to a great catch off the bowling of Legg, and Michael Coulter did the same with Lang (21), Berry was 3/134. David Crapp 7 (c A Legge b M Coulter) and Paul Clements 16 (c S Watts b D Bryant) left McCarron at the crease as the only recognised batsman with the score at 5/136.
The Berry tail did its best to support McCarron (22) but when Ty Cherry was bowled for 2 runs, Berry had accumulated a 177 run total to defend.
Michael Coulter 3/31 from 7.5 overs and Daniel Bryant 3/27 from five overs were the best with the ball for Nowra.
Nowra’s run chase started poorly and only got worse as McCarron, Cherry and Brandon dismantled the Nowra top order.
Kurt Quinlan’s dismissal for just two runs (c C Lang b C McCarron), was followed in quick order by Matt Junk (c J Dudgeon b G Brandon), Daniel Bryant (c J O’Keefe b C McCarron) and Ben Lahene (b G Brandon), all without score. After claiming Sam Watts for 21, Cherry dismissed the Nowra captain Michael Coulter for four. When Brandon added Chris Bryant to his growing tally for seven runs Nowra’s top seven had fallen apart after accumulating just 34 runs.
Rohan Hutchison top scored at number eight with 27 runs, but after he was caught by Clements off the bowling of Crapp, only slight resistance from Jack Watts (19) momentarily slowed Berry’s march to victory in the 36th over, dismissing Nowra for 112.
Best for Berry was Glenn Brandon 3/29 from nine overs and Ty Cherry 3/21 from nine overs.
ON THE UP: Berry’s Kerry Penfold has had an up and down season so far but scored valuable runs against Nowra.Photo: ROBERT CRAWFORD
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