The Bega-Angledale Bulls and Tathra Sea Eagles have begun the second half of the cricket season on the right foot.
Both clubs secured wins over the weekend, the first round back since breaking in December.
The Sea Eagles carded a win at home over the Kameruka Black Cockatoos, while the Bulls clinched a win over the Pambula Bluedogs at Merimbula’s Berrambool Oval.
At Merimbula, the Bluedogs made an impressive start opening from the field as they took the wickets of openers Rob Stevenson and Alexander Eadie cheaply.
Stevenson was caught out for two, while Eadie was returned to the sheds off an lbw with just one run to his credit.
With captain Braiden McIntosh bowled soon after for 14, it was Lachlan Sims who salvaged the early disaster to build a winning score for the Bulls.
Hamish Wilcox provided a solid batting partner early on for Sims, who built to an undefeated 77 run.
But it was a 110-run partnership with Cody Hazelgrove-Danvers – who scored 45 before being caught – that ensure the Bulls could defend the result.
Ethan Gray also proved handy with the bat, building to 28 not-out as the Bulls finished their overs on 5/207.
The Bluedogs looked capable of closing the gap after a much more consistent start, but steady wickets kept them shy as the hosts finished 9/188.
Morgan Jackson was the best with 56 not out.
Eadie was the best of the Bega bowlers, picking up two wickets as well as a catch.
Tathra result was more straight-forward after bungling out Kameruka for less than 90 runs.
Tynan Taylor was on point in the field, taking catches on both the openers from Kameruka.
Hugh Coman had been best for the Black Cockatoos, knocking 27 before he was caught off the bowling of Ben O’Reilly.
Zac Smith and Roland Jones-Whittem almost mounted a middle order fight back that could have seen Kameruka breaking through to triple figures.
However, their efforts were cut drastically short with a good spell of bowling from Pete Bennett returning the pair for 19 and 12 runs resepectively.
However, it was Ben O’Reilly who devastated the top and tail ends, picking up five wickets for just 11 runs on Saturday.
Tathra’s response with the bat was equally stinging with Pete Bennett not out on 69, while Jakome Roberts-Charlton hit 12 before being run out.
O’Reilly finished off with eight not-out 1/97 after just 12 overs.