SOUTH COAST CRICKET
Skipper Ben Mitchell says his Shellharbour side have passed their first big test of the season in style after a comprehensive seven-wicket thrashing of Albion Park in South Coast cricket's first one-day round of the season.
In the battle of the unbeaten - first versus second - Shellharbour rolled the Park for 79 in just 23 overs, then mopped up the runs to win with 23 overs to spare.
Mitchell made it 18 wickets in three games, taking 4-16, while Matt Olsson took 2-21 and Dave Dragovic, on debut, snared 2-25. Shellharbour opener Pat Moulton (30) ensured an early finish.
"That's the best we have played as a team all season," Mitchell said.
"Really they didn't get a look in from ball one. Our bowlers put them under pressure, we took every catch and the top three batters got the runs. A terrific day all round."
Meanwhile, Lake Illawarra posted a 41-run victory over a spirited Kiama at Cavalier Park.
Batting first, Lake made 227, led by Kerrod White's 61, plus contributions from Nathan Tyrrell (51) and skipper Shane Cody (48).
Nathan Barr had his best figures in first grade for Kiama, taking 6-53, with a bowling action described by teammate Dan Reilly as a "a shot-put catapult".
Kiama recovered from 4-21 to make 186, with club coach Eric Davies (54) Liam Anderberg (52) top-scoring.
"From 4-21 we showed plenty of fight and though it's a loss we can hold our heads high," Reilly said.
Meanwhile, Oak Flats outclassed Gerringong-Jamberoo at Gerry Emery Oval. Andy Twyford took 4-8 then Oak Flats coasted to an eight wicket win.
Finally Kookas had an easy six wicket win over The Rail at Croome Road.
Darren Zampa took 4-32 as Kookas dismissed the home side for 121. Allen Sullivan (38 not out) ensured the Kookas won with 26 overs to spare.
Ladder: Shellharbour 53, Oak Flats 35, Albion Park 34, Kookas 30, Lake Illawarra 25, Gerringong-Jamberoo 21, The Rail 12, Kiama 9.