Race for finals hots up
By Tania Phillips
THE battle for Tweed District Cricket supremacy and a place in the Gabba Sports Cup final series is hotting up with Cudgen and Pottsville both recording solid wins in Saturday's re-organised round nine matches.
After rain washed out day one of the games last weekend, the entire round reverted to one-day matches - a situation that suited Pottsville.
The Pelicans scored a solid 28-run win over the young Murwillumbah side while Cudgen proved way too strong for northern division battlers Redlands, passing their meagre 129 total for the loss of just two wickets in the 20th over.
The victories leave the two Tweed sides in equal fifth - just nine points out of the four with three matches remaining.
"We seem to like one-dayers," Pottsville captain Josh Singh admitted after the match at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
"We really haven't lost too many in the past three years.
"It was a good game and everyone just pitched in."
Troy Singh scored a solid 30 at the top of the innings before Murwillumbah struck back to have their much more fancied opponents in trouble at 4-68 (including former Murwillumbah batsman Paul Dhillon out for just five).
However, some solid middle-order batting and a 35-run partnership between Josh Singh (21) and Aaron Laycock (25) steadied the ship with Sean Anderson pitching in with a solid 35 at number 10.
Pottsville were all out for 170 with part-time bowler Kevan Newell taking 3-38.
In reply, Murwillumbah were all out for 132 with Newell scoring 39 and captain Aaron Chapman 25.
Pottsville's first grade debutant Tom Melville had been promoted for his batting but it was with his bowling that he really made his mark on the match, taking 4-33.
Meanwhile, some impressive bowling from Cudgen, led by a stunning 4-14 off eight by Lee Stevenson, had Redlands all out for 129 in 38 overs.
In reply, Cudgen took just 20 overs and lost just two wickets to grab the points with Jamie Wilson scoring 52 at the top of the order with good support from Heath Wilson, 41 not out.
But it was not a good weekend for the other Tweed sides with Terranora and South Tweed Colts' finals hopes taking a dive.
A solid 110 from Broadbeach's Jason Skinner set the scene for their big win over Colts at Fraser Drive. Broadbeach scored 6-241 off 39 with Colts all out for 91 in the 21st over.
Terranora fell victim to competition leaders Palm Beach Currumbin at Salk Oval, with Ryan Armstrong scoring 83 to lead the home side to 8-196 from 40 overs. Terranora fell well short, making 9-123 from their allotted overs with veteran Mal Brown remaining 58 not out.