A middle-order batting collapse by Ulladulla United first-grade cricket team dramatically allowed Berry-Shoalhaven Heads back into the two-day fixture at Berry Sporting complex on Saturday.
In-form United openers Aaron Wester and George Walker started steadily and played with tact and patience as both took advantage of the two-paced wicket with careful shots around the wicket, taking short, quick singles.
Wester then dominated with an array of superb cover drives while Walker pushed and clubbed the scoring along before he was trapped in front for a solid 33.
Young left-hander Sam Lee joined Wester and the pair moved along at a good clip before Wester on 34 was caught at point after a mistimed pull shot.
Lee was then caught behind on 24 before skipper Harley Bell exited after edging to slip while on a fighting 26.
At 4 for 129, the wickets started to tumble as Berry seamer Glen Brandon bowled at gale-force intensity.
He removed four United batsman in quick fashion as Peter King farewelled on 4, then both Brad Field and Angus Rutherford strolled off for naughts and Nathan Simmons 1. Joel Turner stuck around for 5 as United were completely routed to be all out for 140.
In reply, second-placed Berry are 0 for 9 and their bats have a pretty simple task ahead in chasing a benevolent target.
However, it all depends on whether Ulladulla’s bowling attack can get early scalps and all catches are held this Saturday.