Teens help pave way for Terranora victory
By TANIA PHILLIPS
AN 80-run partnership to Luke McCarron and Lance Fuller has helped lead Terrranora Lakes Cricket Club to victory in a gripping Tweed District Cricket Association second-grade grand final at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
It was McCarron and Fuller's partnership that finally got the team home after the match remained in the balance for much of the two days.
It was the second week in a row that McCarron, just 16, had been instrumental in getting his side over the line. He was involved in a match-winning century partnership in the semi-final last week with fellow 16-year-old Luke McMahon.
Fuller came in with Terranora in big trouble at 2-27 chasing the minor premier's first innings total of 116.
When Fuller departed, bowled by Sean Wood for 43, the team was just three runs short of victory.
McCarron finished the day not-out 43 as Terranora grabbed the trophy and finished its innings at 117 for the loss of just seven runs.
Earlier in the weekend Dean Wagemaker, opening the batting, had top-scored for Cudgen in its first innings score of 116.
Cudgen president Gerry Keyte played his second sheet-anchor role in two games with a solid 24-not-out in the middle-order.
The Terranora bowlers shared the spoils with five of them finishing with two wickets each, including opening bowler Ivan Earnshaw's impressive 20 over stint where he collected 2-18 with 13 maidens.
Cudgen's bowlers once again worked hard with Brad Julius, the pick, with 4-50 off 17 while Sean Lowrey captured 2-40.
Tweed District president Mal Brown said that the first Tweed District Cricket second-grade competition since the Tweed clubs pulled out of the Gabba Sports Cup Competition had been a success.
He said that while the competition had not been as strong as they might have faced in the joint competition, it had none-the-less been close and exciting.
Brown said that all year, no matter who was playing, games could have gone either way.