Rep side looks a lot like Cudgen
By TANIA PHILLIPS
TWEED selectors have made a surprise selection naming Cudgen's Heath Wilson in the Tweed District Cricket side for their Sydney Cricket Ground Country Cup competition tomorrow.
The round two game against Casino is at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Wilson returned to his old club just last week after starting the season with the Gold Coast Dolphins in the Brisbane Grade competition.
"It is too far to go up the coast to play and I didn't really like it," Wilson said, after playing a trial game in first grade for the Dolphins and several third grade matches.
"It is good to be back at Cudgen playing with my mates."
Wilson played last week against Pottsville scoring 28 and "having a lot of fun" and is looking forward to playing rep cricket tomorrow on his home ground.
Cudgen makes up the bulk of the representative side with seven members of the team coming from the home club, including new Tweed captain Craig Wilson. The rest of the players come from Terranora (three) and Pottsville (two).
"Once again Cudgen have put their hand up to supply some players (for the representative side)," Craig Wilson said.
"If they are the only ones that want to make themselves available, then we are going to pick them.
"We should go alright, we don't know that much about Casino but we know they won by five last week."
The SCG Cup, statewide knock-out competition, culminates in a final at the SCG on January 29. Tweed, knocked out in round two by a controversial rain rule last year, had the bye in round one this season.
Casino beat Lower Clarence in a thriller 213-208 last week and is captained by Mal Hancock - one of the leading all-rounders in the Lismore-Ballina-Casino-based Hooker league.
The side, the bulk of which plays together week-in and week-out in the Hooker League competition, also includes former NSW under-17 representative batsman Sam Irvine, Emu's player Todd Summers and top Casino quick Al Nowlan. The side will be without former NSW and Australian country batsman Adam Shields who is unavailable for family reasons.
One of Casino's strengths has been that the majority of the outfit is used to playing in the same side. However with so many Cudgen players in the Tweed team and most of the others, including Paul Dhillon, having played a lot of representative cricket together, they probably won't have much of an advantage over Tweed this week.
Ironically for Craig Wilson two men he will be looking to dismiss cheaply today for Pottsville will be the same two he will be relying on tomorrow.
Pottsville will resume on 0-15 today chasing Cudgen's 219, with Aaron Laycock not out 6 and Troy Singh not out 8.
Wilson said Laycock was looking alright and they would be looking to get him out early in the day.
"We need to get Paul Dhillon in as early as possibly and put him under pressure," he said.
Pottsville is undefeated after two rounds of the Gabba Sports Cup this year, while Cudgen, semi-finalists last year, is searching for its first win.
Pottsville will be boosted by the return of bowler Michael Anderson who comes in today after a season in England - Anderson replaces captain Josh Singh who is out for personal reasons.
With most of the Cudgen team up at the test match in Brisbane over the past two days - Wilson's main priority has been making sure his players are rested and ready to play in what could be the busiest two days of the season - before the finals.
TWEED team: Craig Wilson (captain), Terry Wilson, Paul Dhillon, Heath Wilson, Jamie Wilson, Ryan Willoughby, Aaron Laycock, Chris Moase, Leigh Baker, James Julius, Chris Carroll, Damien King.
CASINO: M Hancock (c), W Sweeney, S Irvine, S Dietrich, A Nowlan, M Mison, T Summers, M Jones, S Shephard, L Wilson, M Bratti, D Huntley.