SOUTH COAST CRICKET
Rob Monaghan took five wickets against his former club Shellharbour to spearhead Albion Park to first innings points on the opening day of round 10 at Tom Willoughby Oval.
Monaghan claimed 5-42 as the second-placed Shellharbour were dismissed for just 106 on a greenish track, before the Park responded with 5-124 by stumps on Saturday.
‘‘The wicket was hard and did a bit making it a pretty good day to bowl,’’ Monaghan said.
Brynley Richards (44) top-scored for Shellharbour, but skipper Ben Mitchell said his team didn’t adjust to the conditions.
‘‘Too many guys just pushed at deliveries,’’ Mitchell said.
‘‘You had to go hard at the ball or just let them go.’’
Albion Park headed into the first two-day round since round three in fifth spot (80 points) but just three points behind equal third-paced Lake Illawarra and Kookas.
In other round-10 games, Dan Jones hit a magnificent century for Gerringong-Jamberoo, who are poised for an upset against Oak Flats.
The Jets were 4-43, but with support from Liam Turner (54) and Scott Harris (41), Jones blasted 107 batting at No7 as the visitors posted 9-271.
Oak Flats faced just one over and will resume at 0-0.
Meanwhile, Mick Perry and Allen Sullivan hammered centuries in a 228-run partnership to put Kookas in sight of an outright win against The Rail at Oakleigh Park.
Kookas were 2-43 but Perry smashed an unbeaten 135 and Sullivan made 131, including eight sixes, as the home side declared at 4-317 off just 47.3 overs.
The Rail’s bad day continued with the bat as they finished day one at 9-85.
Lake Illawarra are also on target for outright points after dismissing Kiama for just 108 at Howard Fowles Oval.
Lakers opener Kerrod White then smashed 125 with Scott Ulcigrai unbeaten on 49, with the home side to resume at 2-198, already with a 90-run lead.