SHOALHAVEN Ex-Servicemen needed a lot of things to go its way over the weekend if the team was going to have any chance of making this weekend’s one-day series final, but the team refused to give up and ended the day with victory over Ulladulla and a berth in this weekend’s decider against Bomaderry.
Winning the toss Ex-Servos decided to gamble on the rain and sent Ulladulla to the crease first.
Aaron Wester (40) and Harley Bell (31) got things off to a flying start for the visitors with a 56 run partnership.
Trevor Thomason made the first breakthrough when he broke up the partnership by dismissing Bell. He then sent Grant Morris straight back to the sheds without score courtesy of the safe wicket keeping hands of Paul Meakins.
Scott Bowman (44) joined Wester at the crease to put Ulladulla’s inning back on the rails. A 70 run partnership took the score to 2/129 before Dean Jones made sure Chris Bramley hung onto a catch to dislodge Bowman. When Wester became another Thomason victim shortly after, the game started to tilt in Ex-Servos’ favour. Wes Holmes had other ideas and while batsmen around him fell for single figures, he remained calm on his way to 43, ensuring Ulladulla would bat out its full complement of overs to finish 9/185.
Best for the Ex-Servos’ attack was Trevor Thomason 4/30 from nine overs.
Ex-Servos started its chase poorly when Ulladulla captain Mark Jackson took a great catch to remove danger man Lain Beckett off the bowling of Wes Holmes.
Shane Halliday joined Matt Tyler in the middle and the pair worked a 49 run partnership. When Peter King coaxed Tyler into a shot that flew straight to Jason Linke, Brady Spelta (c S Bowman b P King) and Trevor Thomason (c S Bowman b R Thompson) followed in quick order.
When rained called a halt to proceedings for over an hour, the umpires had no choice but to reduce the required total to 161.
Terry Dorrell gave Ex-Servos a scare when he dismissed Shane Halliday for (29) and George Dickie(13) but the home side had plenty in reserve and claimed victory in the 27th over 7/161.
Valuable Contribution: George Dickie added 13 to the Ex-Servicemen total.Photo RACHEAL CROESE
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