Underdogs find form

LAST Saturday's round of South Coast Cricket Association first grade competition proved to be 'silly Saturday', with leaders Shellharbour and premiers Lake Illawarra tasting defeat.

Gerringong-Jamberoo caused probably the biggest upset when, after weeks of mediocre form, they defeated Shellharbour on their own turf, while Albion Park and Lake Illawarra had a thriller at Howard Fowles Oval, the Eagles holding on for a heart-stopping four-run win.

In other matches, Kiama continued their big improvement with a thumping nine-wicket win over The Rail, while Oak Flats moved into second spot with a comfortable victory over Warilla Kookas.

After having their unbeaten run ended last weekend, Shellharbour found unexpected resistance from Gerringong-Jamberoo, falling to a 43-run loss at Tom Willoughby Oval.

Batting first, the Jets-Bulls top order led the way, captain David Reid (60), Scott Groves (35) and Chris McDonald (28) all getting runs as their side scored 6/198 from their 50 overs.

Ben Mitchell's 3/37 took his season wicket tally to 24.

The Scorpions struggled from the start and were eventually bowled out for 155, Matt Olssen top-scoring with 42.

Liam Turner starred with the ball by taking 4/25, while Justin O'Hare and Callum Houghton-Smith each snared two wickets.

Albion Park bounced back to the winners' list and leapfrogged Lake Illawarra into fourth spot with a thrilling win at Howard Fowles Oval.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Eagles scored what initially appeared a slightly under-par 8/217 against a strong Lake batting lineup, veteran all-rounder Graeme Smith top-scoring with 86 before he was dismissed chasing quick runs in the final over.

Hayden McKay and Jacob Lambert scored 31 and 32 respectively.

Brendan While was the Lake's best bowler, bagging 4/18 late in the innings off just three overs.

The Lakers' innings struggled to get going until Mark Ulcigrai came in at No. 7 and remained unbeaten on 86 as the Eagles clung on for a win.

CJ MacKenzie, Rob Monaghan and Adam Coughlan each took two wickets.

Oak Flats' young top order again feasted on runs, this time against the Kookas.

After losing Kieran Gray early, opening partner Michael Arblaster scored his second club tonne of the year with 113. Nathan Brown joined him with an unbeaten 125, as they shared a brilliant second-wicket partnership of 243, the Rats finishing with 2/263.

In reply, the Kookas managed 177, thanks mainly to 76 not out from Mick Perry.

Veteran Darren O'Connell returned to his devastating best with 6/27 from 10 overs for Oak Flats.

The remaining game featured the competition's major improvers, Kiama Cavaliers, scoring a huge nine-wicket victory against The Rail.

With both teams coming off last round wins, on paper it looked like a close game.

However, the Cavs had other ideas and ran through the Razorbacks for just 109.

Matt O'Brien finished with 4/22, while Eric Davies and Andrew Hart both got doubles.

The home side were never in danger after a 46-run opening partnership.

Captain Jaya Hartgerink went on the attack to remain unbeaten on 40, opener Brendan Barr also there at the end with 30.

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