Final hurdle for Cudgen
MURWILLUMBAH, Pottsville and South Tweed finished the LJ Hooker League regular season on a high on Saturday but the premiership ladder tells a less-than-impressive story for Tweed District clubs. The Tweed District clubs struggled against the southern sides this season with Cudgen the only northern team to make the finals. Cudgen crashed to a 51-run loss at the hands of Southern Districts on Saturday but held on to finish fourth on the ladder behind Tintenbar, Southern Districts and Casino. Defending a paltry 125, Cudgen had the visitors struggling at 6-88, but when Districts batsmen Rex Parrish was dropped in the deep in the second over the home side's wheels fell off. Cudgen's confidence plummeted and the Southern Districts tail took full advantage with No.10 Matt Parish (57) top scoring. "We just never recovered from that dropped catch," Cudgen captain Craig Wilson said. "The fielding got sloppy and the bowling became wayward towards the end. "It was a shame because we had done so well getting ourselves back in the game after a pretty average innings with the bat." Wilson was able to take a couple of positives away from the game, most notably Matt Anderson's effort of 6-33. "It was really pleasing to see Mick bowling so well, he is one of the best bowlers in the comp, if not the best," Wilson said. Talented youngster Luke McAvoy gave Cudgen another reason to hope after belting a quick fire 90 in the second innings. Cudgen will line up against Tintenbar in Ballina on Saturday and Wilson believes his team has what it takes to beat the minor premiers. "They are the best all-round team in the competition but last time we played them it was pretty close," Wilson said. "The boys are really keen." In other final round matches, Murwillumbah capped their season with a thrilling four-run win over Terranora at Bilambil while South Tweed Colts dealt with Alstonville comfortably, reaching their first inning total with five wickets in hand. Pottsville pulled off the upset of the round by beating Byron Bruns-%wick by seven runs at Thompson Oval while Lennox Head and Casino scored comfortable wins over competition minnows Lismore Workers and Marist Brothers respectively. Ballina's chances of an upset against Tintenbar were dashed with the second day's play rained out.