Lake Illawarra captain Mark Ulcigrai has praised his bowlers’ consistency after the Lakers continued their unbeaten season on Saturday.
Ulcigrai declared prior to the start of play at 9/365 and his bowlers immediately went to work, bowling The Rail out for just 81. With a chance to secure the outright victory, Ulcigrai sent The Rail back into bat. The bowlers were again on their game, with The Rail all out for 141.
“We executed our plans well and fielded really well,” Ulcigrai said. “It was very good to see how well we bowled and fielded. We bowled tight lines, we were pretty much attacking the stumps all day and we got a lot of our wickets caught behind the wicket.”
Kerrod White and Aaron Henry had figures of 3/15 and 3/21 respectively in the first innings. Will Gamble was the standout in the second innings, with figures of 4/25.
While Lake Illawarra are the clear competition favourites, second-placed Kookas used Saturday to display their title aspirations. The defending champions were able to match Lake Illawarra and record an outright victory over Oak Flats.
After resuming on 0/5, Oak Flats were bowled out for 120. Darren Mansfield top scored with 49*. Gerard Healey had figures of 4/14. Oak Flats’ were forced to follow on and the Kookas bowlers finished the job, bowling the Rats out for 48. Ben Minnis took three wickets, with Healey and Nathan Whiteman picking up two each.
The match between Shellharbour and Gerringong was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Saturday.