Kookas will push for outright victory against Gerringong next weekend after securing first innings points late in Saturday’s play.
After winning the toss and batting, Kookas were bowled out for 176 thanks to a Lachlan Hall six-wicket haul. However, the side recovered to roll through Gerringong for 104 and claim a first innings lead heading into day two. Captain Craig Bramble was pleased with the way his side fought hard with both the bat and ball throughout the entire day.
“We had some good fielding, really disciplined bowling and good catches when it was needed,” Bramble said. “We did limp our way to 176 with the bat. But we thought on that wicket, with our attack, 150 was a good total, so we were ecstatic to get 170.
“In the position we are in now, 70 runs ahead, it puts us in a good position to maximise our batting bonus points and push for outright victory.”
Youngster Jacob O’Connell was the key man with the ball, with figures of 4/25, however Bramble was most pleased with the way his bowlers worked as a team to build pressure on the Gerringong batsmen.
“The key strike bowlers from both teams bowled well, it was a case of how much the rest of the team contributed. Our team was the team that everyone contributed, it wasn’t just one standout batsman or bowler, it was a team effort. That was the difference, the way the whole team contributed.”
Kookas sit second on the ladder behind Lake Illawarra and the Lakers look set to continue their unbeaten season after another Kerrod White century against Shellharbour.