SOUTH COAST CRICKET
Kookas and Shellharbour are expecting to confront tough batting conditions when their two-day match resumes at Oakleigh Park this afternoon.
Dismissed for just 50 on day one, Kookas batsmen were destroyed by Shellharbour skipper Ben Mitchell, who took 5-13 on a spin-friendly track.
Kookas captain Gerard Healey admitted the club's batsmen will need to sharpen up at the crease.
"It was not a good day," Healey said.
"They bowled pretty well. The pitch was all right but the outfield was very soft and long so it was more the outfield and a bit of rusty batting. It was never going to be a high scoring day."
Kookas responded well, defending a modest total with their own tweaker Scott Cox taking 5-18 leading Mitchell to declare at 8-89 in the hopes of stealing a late wicket.
Allen Sullivan did fall but Healey said his 11 runs proved valuable as he is unavailable this week..
Healey is expecting tough batting conditions when Kookas resume at 1-11 in their second innings today.
"It was definitely a wicket for the spinners so hopefully we can set them a target, make something over 100 and restrict them to that."
Gerringong-Jamberoo will resume at 5-92 in their first innings at Croome Road looking for an outright victory over The Rail.
The Rail were looking good on day one before the late arrival of Gerringong spearhead Jesse O'Hare (6-7) saw them all out for 112.
"They were about 4-100 so it was very good to get them for 112," Gerringong-Jamberoo captain David Reid said.
"He [O'Hare] was actually at his daughter's birthday so he turned up a bit late but he went through them.
"We'll try and get ahead and put them back in and get the outright. I'll be disappointed if we lose it from here."
Lake Illawarra skipper Scott Cody will survey the conditions at Howard Fowles Oval before deciding on how far to extend his side's lead. The Lakers finished day one at 6-316 on the back of Greg Connor's 86 after Oak Flats sent them in.
The clash at Cavalier Park between Albion Park and Kiama could go either way with Kiama to resume at 6-64 chasing the Park's 179.