Cudgen hopes dashed in semi
By TANIA PHILLIPS
CUDGEN came oh so close to becoming the first Tweed side to make a Gabba Sports Cup grand final before going down to Palm Beach Currumbin in their semifinal at Robina yesterday.
Palm Beach will now face Surfers Paradise who easily accounted for Queens in the other semifinal.
After losing their first three games of the season, Cudgen fought back to make the semis but the fairytale ended a week early with the team failing by just 12 runs to fulfil their grand final dreams.
They were dismissed for 211 with 14 balls remaining - agonisingly short of Palm Beach's 7-223.
PBC's Mark Doherty scored 63 and Mark Kelaher 57 with Chris Moase taking 3-51 and Craig Wilson 4-25 while Cudgen veteran Ian Fraser kept his side in the race with a fighting 47.
Moase produced an impressive 28 while Lee Stevenson (26), Craig Wilson (27) and Jamie Wilson (26) all played important roles.
Cudgen resumed at 0-22 needing 202 for victory and continued to threaten despite losing regular wickets.
"I am very very proud of the way we went about it today," disappointed captain Craig Wilson said.
"We haven't beaten Palm Beach since the inception of the competition - this is the one we really really wanted.
"We showed a lot of maturity and we can only come back bigger and better - look out for the Cudgen Hornets."
Palm Beach captain Jason Lavender said it was the closest game he had played in for "quite a while".
"It was a great escape," he said.