SOUTH Coast District Cricket Association first grade competition leaders Oak Flats will have to use all of their batting skills this Saturday to avoid an upset loss to Gerringong-Jamberoo, in their first game after the Christmas break.
After winning the toss and sending their opposition in, the Rats were consigned to the field for all but one over as the Gerringong-Jamberoo side dug in and built a competitive score of 9-271, led by a brilliant 107 from all-rounder Dan Jones.
The Jet-Bulls were struggling at 4-43 before a partnership of 90 between Liam Turner (54) and Scott Harris (41) put the innings on an even keel.
Jones's ninth-wicket stand of 82 with Shane Abarca (12 not out), took the score to 271.
Andrew Newman and Michael Arblaster finished with two wickets each as nine Rats bowlers tried to stem the runs.
Warilla Kookas went on the rampage against The Rail in their match at Oakleigh Park.
After winning the toss they plundered the Rail attack, Mick Perry belting 135 not out (including 15 fours and four sixes), and Allen Sullivan scoring 131 (12 fours and eight sixes).
The pair shared a 228-run third-wicket partnership.
After declaring at 4-317, they have the Razorbacks on their knees at 9-85 at stumps, Gerard Healey, Chris Leaudais, Josh Cuthbert and Scott Cox each taking two wickets.
In the other matches, Lake Illawarra and Albion Park have secured first innings points.
Lake Illawarra opening batsman Kerrod White blasted his fourth century of the season, against Kiama at Howard Fowles Oval.
The Cavaliers won the toss and batted, but struggled for runs and were bowled out for just 108, thanks mainly to the tight bowling of Ryan Smith, who took 2-2 off four overs.
Jamie Crowhurst (3-35) and Kerrod White (2-15) also impressed.
White then took up the attack with the willow and slammed 125, which included 11 fours and five sixes, sharing a partnership of 169 with Scott Ulcigrai, who remains unbeaten on 49 not out. The Lakers finished the day at 2-198.
Shellharbour's grip on a semi-final spot took a blow when they conceded first innings points against Albion Park at Tom Wolloughby Oval.
Brynley Richards top-scored for the home side with 44, but received little support as the Scorpions struggled for runs and were eventually bowled out for just 106.
Former team-mate Rob Monaghan did most of the damage, snaring 5-42, while Graeme Smith bagged 3-29.
The Park has taken first innings points, reaching 5-124 at stumps. Captain Adam Coughlan made 28 and Smith remains unbeaten on 38.