Mixed bag in season start

Jaya Hartgerink in action on the first weekend of the season. Picture: DAVE TEASE
Jaya Hartgerink in action on the first weekend of the season. Picture: DAVE TEASE

THE newly-merged Gerringong and Jamberoo club scored a narrow first-innings victory over Lake Illawarra in last Saturday's opening day of the South Coast Cricket season.

The Lakers won the toss, batted first and were bowled out for just 95 against the newly formed club at Gerry Emery Oval in their two-day encounter.

Lake Illawarra claimed the one-day and Twenty20 trophies last season and lost the premiership final by just one wicket.

However, they were in disarray at 8-38 before a 54-run stand between Nathan Hore (20) and top-scorer Ryan Smith (36) added some respectability.

They lost two wickets without a run and later lost 6-8 during the astonishing collapse.

Scott Adams took 6-25 for the Jets/Bulls.

Adams (10) and Dan Jones (34) put on 29 runs to deliver the new club first innings points after being in trouble at 7-72.

New Lakers skipper Shane Cody took 5-28 as Gerringong/Jamberoo were eventually dismissed for 103.

Oak Flats snuck home by one wicket for first innings points against against The Rail at Croome Cricket Oval.

The Rail were bowled out for just 98, Andrew Warren (25) top-scoring.

Ben Morrow and spinner Phil Dell'Orefice claimed three wickets each.

In reply, Darren O'Connell (3-15) led the charge as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Despite being delicately poised at 9-89, the Rats eventually posted 103.

The Rail reached 1-19 in their second innings at stumps.

Meanwhile, first-innings points will be up for grabs this Saturday as Albion Park and Kiama resume their intriguing match-up at Keith Grey Oval.

Kiama batted first and eventually reached 160.

Ben King-Gee (51) and tail-ender Mitch Nevins (32) top-scored.

The Park's Andy Peters, Raheel Chaudry, Jack Bennett and Rob Monaghan bagged two wickets each.

In reply, the home side are 3-90, Jay Ferguson scoring 39.

Matt O'Brien already has two wickets for the Cavaliers.

Defending premiers Warilla Sports are leading after one day against Shellharbour at Tom Willoughby Oval.

The Kookaburras posted 225, opener and captain Mick Perry top-scoring with 58.

New Shellharbour skipper Ben Mitchell took 4-43 and Brynley Richards snared 3-45.

Shellharbour resume at 1-15.