TOP order run-makers placed Sussex Inlet in a strong position to defeat Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens in the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association's third grade one-day final.
Sussex hosted Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens on Saturday at the Thompson Street Sporting Complex and went onto record a 17 run victory.
The 48 run first wicket partnership from Glenn Hayek and Christian Sargood got the home side off to a near-perfect start.
Hayek was the first to go when he reached 19 runs and Sargood's 38 runs, which included three maximums, was the highest individual score of the match.
Shane Isherwood contributed a more than handy 27 runs with two boundaries for Sussex.
Geoff Webber 15 runs and Stephen Crehan 12 runs reached double figures for Sussex.
Joey Ellery, Andrew Wilson and Luke Hopper claimed two wickets each for Ex-Servos.
Ex-Servos, with the bat, needed to match the start made by Sussex but the home side had different ideas.
The run chase for the visitors stalled when they were down 2/13 early in the piece.
Matthew Isackson and Ben Guyer led the batting recovery for Ex-Servos.
Guyer's 32 runs and Isackson's 22 runs gave the visitors some hope.
When the aggressive Hopper came out for Ex-Servos things really started to get interesting.
Hooper started to carve up the attack and his 33 runs from 27 balls included two maximums and three boundaries, but Sussex held firm.
Sargood capped off a match-winning effort by taking four wickets and Brett Fernie picked up three victims.