SHELLHARBOUR Scorpions first grade cricket team has started the 2013-14 South Coast Cricket Association season with a bang after beating Warilla Kookas outright in the opening round.
In a low-scoring affair, Scorpions skipper Ben Mitchell again produced a star performance, backing up his first innings haul of 5/13 with 6/29 from 20 overs, giving him match figures of 11/42. He also contributed 37 not out.
The Kookas were bowled out for just 63 off 63.5 overs after scoring 50 in their first innings.
The Shellharbour side scored the 25 runs needed to win outright for the loss of three wickets.
Surprisingly, Lake Illawarra batted on against Oak Flats at Howard Fowles Oval, extending their 6/316 to all out for 364.
In the process, they allowed Mark Ulcigrai to reach a superb 101, while Greg Connor was run out on 86.
The Rats made the most of the opportunity to get some batting practice of their own, led by openers Michael Arblaster (58) and Keiran Gray (90), who shared an opening stand of 158.
They finished the day at 6/280 to claim the draw.
Lakers' skipper Shane Cody was easily the pick of his side's attack, finishing with 4/47 off 15 overs.
Gerringong/Jamberoo scored a comfortable first innings win over The Rail in a match highlighted by the double performance of all-rounder Jesse O'Hare and half-centuries by The Rail's Jarrod Collis and Joel Willstrop.
Chasing The Rail's first innings of 112, O'Hare continued his unbeaten 25 to record a superb 84 to afford his side a 48-run lead.
Captain Col Yeaman (4/33) and Willstrop (3/41) were the pick of The Rail bowlers.
The Razorbacks batted better in the second innings, Collis scoring a composed 50, while Willstrop did likewise to finish unbeaten on 50.
Callum Houghton-Smith was the pick of the combined side's bowlers with 5/47, while Shane Abarca snared 2/18.
Gerringong/Jamberoo finished the day at 1/75 from just 12 overs, Sam Cahill blasting a quick-fire 31.
Albion Park narrowly missed out on an outright win over Kiama at Cavalier Park.
Chasing the Park's 179, Kiama battled hard on day two to finish with 106, mainly thanks to 37 from Andrew Hart and 26 from Adam Czulowski.
Clint MacKenzie (4/49) and Raheel Chaudhry (3/13) bowled well.
The Park possibly let their innings drag out for too long the second time around, before declaring at 8/132.
MacKenzie top-scored with 36, while Eric Davies took three wickets and Ethan McIntosh and Matt O'Brien two each.
The Cavs again struggled with the bat and at stumps had reached 8/60 off 35 overs to hold out for a draw with just two wickets in hand.
MacKenzie and Chaudhry finished with six wickets between them.