Eagles bounce back

ALBION Park applied the blowtorch on The Rail, turning first innings defeat into an outright thumping in round 11 of South Coast cricket.

Dismissed for just 97 on the first day at Keith Grey Oval, with the Razorbacks (9-132 declared) already taking first innings points, the Park responded with a ruthless display on day two.

The Park declared at tea having smashed 7-218 off 43 overs, led by Mark McMillan (64), Graeme Smith (50) and Zac Jurd (29).

The Park bowlers then routed the Razorbacks for just 43 in 27.3 overs to claim 26 outright points and consolidate their spot in the top four.

Raheel Chaudhry took 3-11, skipper Adam Coughlan 2-9 and Rob Monaghan 2-6.

With the Park having to face the Kookas, Oak Flats and Lake Illawarra in the final three rounds, it was a vital victory.

"The attitude was stacks better and it showed in our performance," Coughlan said.

"We batted poorly on day one but really turned it around and showed what we are capable of. But we have to keep it up if we're to make the semis."

Meanwhile, patient batting from Shellharbour was enough to claim first innings points from leaders Oak Flats at Tom Willoughby Oval.

Resuming at 3-53 chasing 95, Shellharbour posted 9-199, with Pat Moulton making 60 and Ken Nguyen an unbeaten 53.

Darren O'Connell took 3-47 for Oak Flats, who were 6-165 in their second dig, with Nathan Brown making 83 and Ryan Chatterton 31.

Meanwhile, the Kookas went within one wicket of an outright victory over Kiama after being pushed hard for first innings points at Cavalier Park.

Resuming at 6-77 chasing 132 for victory, Kiama were bowled out for 123. Allen Sullivan (71no) smashed seven sixes before Kookas declared at 3-146.

Set 155 for victory, Kiama opener Nathan Barr (64) top-scored. The home side scored 9-123, avoiding an outright loss.

Kookas spinner Scott Cox took 4-38 in the second innings.

"We took three wickets in about the last three overs and had two balls at their No 11 but just couldn't take that last wicket," Kookas skipper Gerard Healey said.

Finally, Lake Illawarra (215) had an easy outright win over Gerringong-Jamberoo (64 and 100) at Kevin Walsh Oval.

The Jets batted just 69 overs for the match, with Jamie Crowhurst taking match figures of 7-30 and Lakers teammate Kerrod White claiming 5-15 in the second innings.

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