Berry wraps up first grade career in fine style

Gerringong first grade completed one of the most important and satisfying wins in their recent history with an outright victory over The Rail.

After having already secured first innings points last week, the Jets declared 9-257 with a superb innings of 86 by Scott Brown and supported well by most of the other batsmen.

Knowing they needed to win outright to make the semis, the Jets opening duo of James Hayman (5-38) and Lachlan Hall (2-35) rolled through the Razorbacks batsmen and led Gerringong to a semi-finals securing win.

After a controversial last few weeks it was highly satisfying for the team to leapfrog Shellharbour and secure fourth spot. The Jets now face Lake Illawarra next weekend in a two-day semi-final at Howard Fowles Oval.

It was also a rare achievement for the Berry family on Saturday with Paul Berry playing his last ever game of competitive cricket.

In doing so, he got to share it with his sons Manning and Tasman in the first grade side. The Berry family have always been, and continue to be wonderful servants to the club both on and off the field.

Gerringong fourth grade had a solid win over Lake Illawarra to secure the fourth grade minor premiership.

The Lakers batted first and a good bowling performance by the Jets restricted them to 7-151 from their 42 overs (Dan Buchanan 2-11, Joe Blackburn 1-20. Peter Parker 1-20).

Knowing they needed victory to secure a home semi-final next week there were a few nervous moments at 5-72, however an excellent sixth wicket partnership between Paul Peterson (50) and Peter Parker (36no) ensured victory and ultimately the minor premiership.

The Jets now face The Kookas next Saturday in their semi-final at Athol Noble.

The Gerringong under 12s team have gone down in their semi-final to Oak Flats.

The Jets won the toss and sent Oak Flats in to bat, however this proved to be the wrong decision as the extremely dewy conditions proved difficult for the Jets bowlers to control the ball and Oak Flats were able to post 4-167.

The Jets started positively with James Kunkler playing the best innings of his season scoring 31no from 40 balls, but unfortunately regular wickets were the Jets undoing with the pressure of chasing a big total too great.

They were eventually bowled out for 92 from 24 overs and Oak Flats deservedly went through to next week’s grand final against Kiama White who defeated Shellharbour Blue in the other semi.

The Gerringong under 11 Green team won their match against Shellharbour White and maintained second position. Shellharbour batted first and scored 8-113 from their 20 overs. The Jets were able to secure victory reaching 7-157 from their 20 overs.

The Gerringong under 11 Gold team have lost their match against competition leaders Oak Flats Blue. Oak Flats batted first and reached 5-191 from their 20 overs (Charlie McKelvey 1-10, Marc Booker 1-14). The young Jets tried their best to chase the large total and reached 12-108 from their 20 overs (Vincent Sherrell 16, Sol Parker 14).

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