Bowlers relished Illawarra cricket’s first two-day competition round in 18 months with impressive performances in Saturday’s opening day of round two.
Illawarra clubs voted to return to two-day cricket this season after a diet of one-dayers and Twenty20s last campaign and, despite perfect batting conditions, bowlers dominated in most games.
At North Dalton Park, Corrimal routed Wollongong for 88, with Xavier Larder taking 3-2. But in a stunning mid-afternoon turnaround, Wollongong’s bowlers rebounded and rolled Corrimal for just 79.
Kain Flynn-Duncombe (3-5) and Sam Mutch (3-23) bowled Wollongong to victory with the home side 1-40 in their second dig.
Meanwhile, Keira (0-20) have the upper hand against Helensburgh in the rematch of last season’s final, after dismissing the Burgh for 158 off 84.1 overs. Neel Honavar took 4-52 for Keira, while Davy Smith (44) and Luke Falkiner (32 not out) saved the Burgh from embarrassment.
Balgownie have started the season brightly and have already secured first innings points from Wests Illawarra.
Wests managed just 128, led by Andrew Tougher’s 71, with Koby Freeman (3-28) and James Fleming (3-49) on top for Bally.
The home side were 2-0 after just three balls but opener David Murphy smashed 81 in 10 overs and with skipper Adam Berwick (77no) the Magpies are 6-220 in reply.
‘‘It wasn’t the cleanest knock but David can sure hit a ball,’’ Wests skipper Dan Bogovac said.
Nineteen wickets fell at University Oval, with Dapto (9-129) first dismissing Uni for just 113.
Dapto were 9-107 before No10 Taylor Harvey (19no) and No11 Joel Hawksworth (4no) sealed first innings points.
Ryan Holcroft took 5-21 for Uni and it could have been worse for Dapto, with No9 Pat Hammond – who led the way with the ball taking 5-38 – out off a no-ball the first ball he faced, then was dropped. He went on to make a crucial 11 runs.
Finally, Greg Wray took 5-13 as an impressive Port Kembla (6-126) rolled Northern Districts for just 91 to take first innings points.