Eagles soaring on top of ladder

On target: Tathra's opening bowler Adam Check carefully watches his delivery against the Knights on Saturday.

On target: Tathra's opening bowler Adam Check carefully watches his delivery against the Knights on Saturday.

Tathra had no difficulty knocking over the Merimbula Knights on Saturday. 

The Sea Eagles now appear as competition favourites in the Far South Coast Cricket Association first division draw with a 20-point lead over their nearest rivals. 

The Knights, Eden and the South Euro Pirates are all sitting equal on 40 competition points to round out the top four places. 

Merimbula won the toss on Saturday and opted to bat first on their home field, with openers Matt Lawson and Brendan Daley laying the foundations for their innings. 

Daley clocked in 41 runs before he was caught out by Hamish Willcox, while Lawson was on 26 when Wilcox clean bowled him.

With the top order dealt with, catches to Willcox and Chris Dwyer provided some cheap wickets and the hosts looked in danger. 

A middle order stand regained some control, but when Ash Postance was caught behind by Geordie Gibbs, the Merimbula batting line-up crumbled easily. 

Gibbs snagged another catch off the bowling of Adam Blacka when he took Zac Wells for just two runs. 

Jay Richmond was defiant of his Tathra oppressors, holding down the crease to score 24 not-out.

However, the Knights ran out of overs as they notched up 6/139. 

Pete Bennett provided impact for the Tathra side, bowling medium pace, he claimed three scalps on the day for just 22 runs. 

The reply from the Sea Eagles was swift as the visitors gave up just two wickets while chasing down the target. 

The Sea Eagles were more aggressive at the crease, actively chasing runs as they locked in the win after just 26 overs. 

Pete Bennett was in complete control from the outset with support from fellow opener Chris Dwyer. 

The Sea Eagles had already reached 83 when Dwyer was dismissed for 29 runs by the bowling of Patrick Whittard. 

However, Bennett stayed at the crease for a further 50 overs, eventually bowled by Lawson with the opener on 77 runs. 

Ben O’Reilly knocked 30 runs not-out as the Sea Eagles chased down the target at 2/143.

In second division play, the Bulls had a fantastic innings with the bat to knock over Tuross Head, while Tathra defeated Wolumla. 

Lachlan Sims was on his way to a century for the Bulls when he was returned to the sheds lbw on 76 runs. 

Alexander Eadie’s 42 and a knock of 21 by Mitch Jessop helped lay the basis of the Bulls’ 213-run innings. 

Despite a solid fight-back, the Bulls dismissed Tuross all-out for 140.

At Tathra, Jasper Lohan had the best batting performance for the hosts with 32 runs, while Ryan Clarke added 30 to finish on 9/168.

Wolumla mustered 96 runs in reply as Dan Blacka and Jared Colley claimed three wickets apiece. 

Cricket continues this weekend for both divisions.