PBC too hot for Terranora

By TANIA PHILLIPS

PALM BEACH Currumbin have moved eight points clear of the rest of the teams at the top of the Gabba Sports Cup ladder after their win over Terranora at Salk Oval, Palm Beach on Saturday.

Playing on a dry cracked Salk Oval pitch, Terranora were dismissed for 133 more than 143 runs short of PBC's first innings total of 7-276.

PBC's spinners ripped through the Terranora batting line-up with legspinner Mick Powell finishing with 5-52 while Peter Bruhn picked up 3-26 with his offspin.

The loss was Terranora's first of the season while the defending premiers are flying high as the only unbeaten side after four rounds.

Terranora captain Michael Gray said the batsmen really had to work hard on what was a minefield of a pitch.

"It was very cracked," he said.

"Even half trackers were hard to put away you didn't know whether they were going to bounce or what. But we didn't really apply ourselves. We came up against the best and now we know what standard we have to reach."

Bonnor, Terranora's most consistant player this season, scored a solid 42 with Gray scoring 19.

Terranora were forced to follow-on and were 2-19 when stumps were called.

"It was good to get another win - that is four in a row," Palm Beach captain Jason Lavender said.

"We bowled pretty well yesterday. But they got themselves out.

"Bonner and Gray got starts but then they threw their wickets away.

"We are playing pretty well at the moment. It is the best start we have had for a couple of years."

At Murwillumbah's Rabjones Oval, the home team was also forced to followon after losing on first innings points to Queens.

Queens, who swapped to the Gabba Sports southern division this year, were quick to capitalise on their big score from last week. Chasing 8-316 and resuming at 0-1, Murwillumbah were back in the clubhouse for just 112 - still 106 short of making Queens bat again.

Captain Kevan Newell top-scored with 37 with Aaron Chapman scoring 23. Paul Dhillon looked dangerous early scoring 11 off three balls before falling to Beau Vievers.

Sent back in Murwillumbah showed more grit with the bat in the second innings with Paul Dhillon putting in a more measured performance to score 65, Aaron Chapman chiming in with 20 and Sam Porter 16.

They were able to hold on to avoid the outright, ending the day at 6-129.

"We just didn't put any partnerships together and it cost us," Newell said.



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