Cudgen catch up
By TANIA PHILLIPS
CUDGEN have rocketed into fourth spot on the Gabba Sport Cup southern division points ladder with a comfortable first innings win over Pottsville at the weekend.
It is the first time this season that Cudgen, which lost its first two games, has been in the top four.
They resumed at Murwillumbah's Les Cave Oval at 7-130 on Saturday - already 31 runs ahead on the first innings.
An impressive innings by wicketkeeper Dave Williamson guided Cudgen to 218 - a lead of 119 - and a chance at the outright points.
Williamson, who is leaving to work in Wollongong after the next round, smacked a unbeaten 68 off only 50 balls.
"We are working on flying him back for games during the finals if we make it," Cudgen captain Craig Wilson said.
"We certainly need him."
Cudgen snared two quick wickets in Pottsville's second innings and looked good for the outright until Pottsville No.3 Tom Brennan steadied the ship. Brennan, who top scored with 90, combined with captain Josh Singh (31) for a match-sav- ing 50 run partnership.
Cudgen still had their chances but dropped catches proved costly.
"Tom Brennan batted well but we dropped him on about 40," Wilson said.
"Once that happened it was a disease (dropping catches) and everyone caught it. We dropped four for the innings."
Dropped catches also proved costly for competition leaders Palm Beach Currumbin who put down eight chances in their first innings win over Logan Village on a batsman's paradise at Newstead Park.
Logan, who had not scored more than 150 all year, were out for 213 chasing PBC's firstweek total of 296.
"That pitch was a road - the Bruce Highway - really flat," PBC captain Jason Lavender said.
"But we dropped eight catches, we had a shocker in the field."
At Broadbeach, second-placed Queens scored a 45-run first innings victory over Broadbeach Robina.
Broadbeach resumed at 2-35, chasing Queens' 197 and were dismissed for 152 with Sean Wilson taking 5-25.
Standings: PBC 83.52, Queens 7