Finals hopes on edge
By Tania Phillips
CUDGEN'S Gabba Sports Cup finals aspirations hit a major snag at the weekend with side losing outright to fellow Tweed side Terranora at Bilambil on Saturday.
Resuming at 36, chasing Terranora's first innings total of 6-222, Cudgen batted for an hour before declaring at 4-128 - still 94 runs in arrears. With the team needing an outright victory to keep their finals hopes alive, captain Craig Wilson made the bold move to give his side enough time to push for the full points.
Heath Wilson scored a solid 69 with Jamie Wilson chiming in with 35.
In reply, Terranora batted until well after tea with Lucas Frey notching up an unbeaten 72 to steer the home side to 6-143.
Set 237 from 30 overs in darkening conditions (more than eight an over) Cudgen were forced to go for some big hitting to stay in the hunt.
However, the move backfired and the side was dismissed for 144 in the 23rd over with Dave Parkes finishing with 6-40 off seven overs while the big-hitting Chris Moase top scored with 34 and Jamie Wilson 24.
"Lucas Frey batted well for them but we dropped him on 5, it was a simple catch," Cudgen captain Craig Wilson said.
"If we had got him and could have got into the middle or lower order we probably could have been chasing only 170-180."
With the chance to get a Tweed side into the final series, Wilson said he would have liked "a more sporting declaration'" from Terranora.
"Having to get eight an over right from the start was a bit over the top," he said.
Meanwhile, Pottsville's Sean Anderson helped his side to a first innings win over Helensvale to keep them in the hunt for a finals berth.
Anderson smashed 96 including eight sixes to help his team to 8-213, in reply to Helensvale's first innings total of 149.
At stumps Helensvale were 8-87 in their second innings with Steve Distance taking 3-17.
Pottsville, currently fifth, must win their final two rounds to grab a finals berth.
"Next week against Mudgeeraba (who are currently third) is like a grand final for us," Pottsville captain Josh Singh said.
Also at the weekend, South Tweed Colts went down to Queens despite some good batting from the Walle brothers.
Colts were all out for 135 chasing the home side's 212 with captain Joel Walle making 55 while his younger brother James chimed in with 28.
At Rabjones Oval, home side Murwillumbah lost outright to Mudgeeraba-Nerang. Murwillumbah had scored 54 in the first innings and in reply Mudgeeraba declared at 3-116. But if they were hoping for a second innings recovery Murwillumbah would have been sorely disappointed with the side once again falling for 54 - despite a solid 36 not out by Kevan Newell.
Competition leaders Palm Beach have maintained their dominance in the competition, defeating second-placed Broadbeach by 77 runs on first innings. Chasing PBC's 178, Broadbeach were all out for 101.