Nulla and Stuarts Point/Eungai begin season with first innings wins | Photos

Dismissed: Nulla batsman Troy Ward is sent from the field after being clean bowled by a Frederickton bowler on Saturday. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.
Dismissed: Nulla batsman Troy Ward is sent from the field after being clean bowled by a Frederickton bowler on Saturday. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

The Macleay Valley Cricket Association’s local senior cricket competition got underway on Saturday and the two first grade contests are hanging in the balance after the opening day of action.

Nulla will head into the second and final day this Saturday with a small lead over Frederickton, after they reached 173 runs from 33 overs in response to Frederickton’s 163.

Frederickton started perfectly with the ball in hand, dismissing Nulla’s opening three batsmen Ethan LePla, Patrick O'Loughlin and Mitchell Clarke for ducks.

However, Matt Haydon steadied the ship for Nulla before Adam Stutz added 70 to top score for his side and give them the first innings victory.

Shane Crouch stepped up for Frederickton and top scored, earning a half century in his 50 run stand while Matthew Ennis was unbeaten for 24 runs.

Meanwhile Rovers first grade side travelled north to face Stuarts Point/Eungai and they relied heavily on the efforts of Ross Field to keep themselves in their match after the first day.

Field was the only Rovers batsmen to crack 20 runs and he finished unbeaten on 50 to contribute strongly to their opening innings score of 146 runs.

Stuarts Point/Eungai backed up their bowling effort by scoring freely with the bat in hand to secure the first innings victory.

A solid platform was set by opener Brett Groundwater before he was dismissed for 25.

Hayden Williams did most of the damage to finish the day unbeaten for 81 runs. He will return to the crease this Saturday with the aim of scoring 19 more runs to secure a century and to apply more pressure to Rovers as they search for an outright victory.

Connor Gainge will join him in the middle as he is unbeaten on four runs.

The two first grade cricket matches will resume at the same location this Saturday at 1pm.

The South West Rocks side had a bye for the opening round but they will kickstart their season against Rovers on October 21.