SOUTH COAST CRICKET
Shellharbour skipper Ben Mitchell took 6-29 on day two of his side's two-day match with Kookas at Oakleigh Park on Saturday, bringing his total to 11 wickets for the match.
Mitchell's performance with the ball kept Kookas to a second innings score of 63 meaning his side needed just 25 runs to secure victory.
"The more pace you took off the ball the more effective the wicket was," Mitchell said.
"There was heaps of turn again, and the medium pacers were also very effective on the wicket."
Mitchell said the bowling performance was a good sign for his side but he will be looking for an improved batting effort next week.
"We've got five pretty strong quicks and we've got a leg-spinner in Alex Brown who's more than handy with the ball who we didn't even use," he said.
"We lost a couple of wickets to poor dismissals. They made us fight for it - it was only 25 runs but I wouldn't have liked to be chasing any more than 50 or 60 the way the wicket was."
Last year's grand finalists Lake Illawarra and Oak Flats fought their way to a draw with strong performances with the bat.
The Lakers posted 316 runs on day one and finished their first innings on Saturday at 364 thanks to Mark Ulcigrai's (101) maiden first-grade century.
Skipper Shane Cody said a draw was expected when the sides arrived at Howard Fowles Oval on Saturday but he was happy his batsmen got time in the middle.
"We expected that to happen," Cody said.
"We batted a bit more and Mark Ulchi got a hundred for us - it was his first in first grade.
"We were hoping Greg [Conner] (86) would get one too, but that didn't pan out."
A disciplined 148 opening stand from Keiran Gray (90) and Michael Arblaster (58) ensured the sides would share the points.
"They're the two best openers in the comp and they didn't give us any chances," Cody said.
"When they put their heads down they're hard to get out.
"It was good on our home ground because if we don't post those totals [at home] we'll be in trouble because the wicket was pretty flat and there wasn't much on offer for the bowlers at all."
Jesse O'Hare starred for Gerringong-Jamberoo in their victory over The Rail, his 6-7 in the first innings keeping The Rail to just 112.
O'Hare backed it up with 84 with the bat as his side chased down 75 runs in the fourth innings to claim victory.
Albion Park also defeated Kiama by 145 runs at Cavalier Park.