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.