A STUNNING bowling performance from Gerringong-Jamberoo all-rounder Jesse O'Hare has put his side on track for a potential win over The Rail in the opening round of the 2013-14 South Coast Cricket Association's first grade competition.
The Rail captain Col Yeaman won the toss and elected to bat at Croom Regional Sporting Complex.
At 4/102 the Razorbacks looked set for a strong total in the two-day encounter.
However, the introduction of O'Hare, the seventh bowler used, changed the complexion of the innings and less than eight overs later he left the ground with the incredible figures of 6/7 as The Rail were dismissed for 112.
His figures came from 7.3 overs and included five maidens.
Opener Hayden Church top-scored with 37, Yeaman made 18 and youngster Jarrod Collins survived the batting collapse to remain 17 not out.
Gerringong/Jamberoo didn't have things all their own way either and at stumps were 5/92, mainly thanks to 30 from opener Scott Groves, while O'Hare (25 not out) held things together.
Joel Willstrop and Yeaman have taken two wickets apiece.
Five-wicket hauls from rival left-arm spinners Ben Mitchell (Shellharbour) and Scott Cox (Kookaburras) means their sides' clash at Oakleigh Park could be on a knife's edge going into day two this Saturday.
The Kookas won the toss and batted, but struggled apart from Mick Perry (21).
They were all out for just 50.
The Scorpions also struggled for runs and lost five wickets gaining the lead, but 37 not out from Mitchell allowed them to close at 8/89.
Cox weaved his magic to take 5/18 from 20 overs.
The Kookas were 1/11 at stumps.
The Premiers Lake Illawarra side had a good day at the crease in their 2012-13 final replay against Oak Flats at Howard Fowles Oval.
After being sent in by the Rats, the home side batted all day to be 6/316 at stumps.
The day was highlighted by an unbroken 134-run, sixth-wicket partnership from all-rounders Greg Connor (86 not out) and Mark Ulcigrai (65 not out).
Nathan Tyrell (64), Brendan White (35) and openers Kerrod White (25) and Tony McCabe (21) also batted well, while Phil Dell'Orefice took 2/51.
Albion Park is on track for a huge win over Kiama at Cavalier Park.
The Eagles won the toss and batted. Late partnerships between Jack Bennett (60 not out), Rob Monaghan (19), and Matt Lea (20), rallied them from 8/91 to score 179.
Andrew Hart's bowling caused problems early, with 4/44, and Matt O'Brien took 3/23.
The Cavs are struggling at 6/64 at stumps after slumping to 6/29. Brendan Czulowski (17 not out) and Hart (15 not out) remain at the crease.
Eagles bowlers Clint Mackenzie and Raheel Chaudhry bagged five wickets between them.