Eden suffer losses in cricket double header

Despite some strong batting, the Eden Cricket Club were handed back-to-back losses in the double header return to first division cricket over the weekend.

The Eden club travelled to Tathra's Lawrence Park on Saturday where the Sea Eagles chased down the visitors' total with a little over one over to spare.

Eden opener Drew Mudaliar during his strong stint at the crease against Tathra on Saturday.

Eden opener Drew Mudaliar during his strong stint at the crease against Tathra on Saturday.

Eden had set a solid target of 170 runs with opener Drew Mudaliar setting a good stage with the bat, scoring 46 runs including six boundaries and one shot plum over the fence.

Matt Bell added 28 to build a 70 run partnership after opener Rahul Mudaliar was dismissed early in the piece.

Worthy contributions of 25 from both David Summers and Daniel Bell as well as 13 from Tim Bowes saw the visitors climb steadily to reach the solid mark finishing on 8/170.

Unfortunately for Eden, Tathra rallied enough at the crease to reel them in, finishing 8/171 in the 39th over.

Pete Bennett laid the foundation with 58 at opener before Eden claimed some cheap wickets through the top order.

However, Lachlan Trickey steadied the ship and a smooth flow of runs helped Tathra keep pace to chase down the result.

Sunday the Eden club were home to the Bega-Angledale Bulls with both clubs dropping some early wickets before building to a solid total.

Drew was cleaned up early by Sam Griffin, but Rahul built to a strong stand of 31 runs.

However, it was 61 not-out by Tim Bowes that buoyed Eden's chances as the club built to 5/135 with 20 not-out by Patrick Kearney helping late in the innings.

With the ball in hand, Eden started well when Matt Bell cleaned up Rob Stevenson for a duck.

Opener Brad Moon built a solid stand of 35 runs before he was returned to the sheds lbw off a Tim Bowes ball.

The result saw Bega-Angledale join the Merimbula Knights and Tathra sharing the lead after back-to-back wins over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Pambula Bluedogs also suffered losses in both of their clashes.

For Merimbula, the Knights took easy stock of the Black Cockatoos at Berrambool, finishing the opening innings with the visitors all-out for 62 after just over 30 overs.

With a modest target to chase, opener Brendan Daley piled on a quick 36 runs to lead the charge, while Tyler Gray-Thompson added a further 20 to the tally before his dismissal. After a brief knock of 17 overs, the Knights rounded the required for a 3/63 win on Saturday.

Backing up on Sunday against South Euro, the Knights got to open the bat and built to a solid stand of 170 runs at Dalmeny.

Dylan Jordan scored a match best of 61 runs, while MIkael Hulme backed up on 51.

A pair of Pirates got into the 20s, but cheap wickets cost South Euro with the club finishing all-out for 103.