MURWILLUMBAH opener Dean Guy with Terranora ?keeper Alex Rigby and Mick Harrison looking on
MURWILLUMBAH opener Dean Guy with Terranora ?keeper Alex Rigby and Mick Harrison looking on

Quick ends Pottsville?s resistance

By TANIA PHILLIPS

DEFENDING premiers Palm Beach Currumbin recovered from a poor start with the bat to take the upper hand in their opening Gabba Sports Cup clash against Pottsville at Currumbin Waters on Saturday.

After being restricted to a measley 127, PBC fought back with leftarm paceman Tony Newton producing a blistering 12-over spell that ripped through the Pottsville line-up.

Newton claimed 6-16 to leave PBC just one wicket shy of first innings points with Pottsville to resume on 9-74.

Tailender Brett Singh, one not out, and opener Aaron Laycock, who returned after retiring hurt with a hamstring injury before scoring in the opening overs, the other not out batsman.

Bowler Michael Anderson top scored for Pottsville with 21.

The see-sawing game belonged to Pottsville early thanks to an impressive opening spell from Steve Distant.

The fast bowler took 3-31, including the valu- able wickets of opener Michael Foxwell (10) and middle-order batsman Peter Bruhn (20).

Former South ArmBurringbar player Brett Singh also impressed, claiming 4-33 on debut for his new club.

"We bowled, fielded and caught really well," Pottsville captain Josh Singh but lamented his team's failure with the bat.

Meanwhile, Cudgen face a battle in their match against Broadbeach-Robina at Presley Oval, Broadbeach.

Set 188 by Broadbeach, Cudgen were 5-78 at stumps.

"We recovered well," new Cudgen captain Craig Wilson said.

"They were 4-150 at lunch but we had them all out for 187."

Lee Stevenson took 3-33 off 12 with Wilson capturing 3-7 off seven overs with his spin, including the valuable wicket of the dangerous Sean Fitzsimmons for 65.

Fifteen-year-old Luke Waide captured 1-13 in his debut senior game.

Cudgen will resume next week with Jordan Wilson (0) and Craig Wilson (18) the not out batsmen.



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