LEE Stevenson winds up for Cudgen while Palm Beach?s Gareth Richardson backs up
LEE Stevenson winds up for Cudgen while Palm Beach?s Gareth Richardson backs up

T?nora set for early victory



DYNAMIC all-rounders Chad Ruddy and Craig Bonner combined to steer Terranora into a sound position on the opening day of the Gabba Sports Cup match against Alberton at Bilambil.

Bonner hit an unbeaten 70 and Ruddy chimed in with an important 24 to help the home side to a first innings total of 182 before the duo tore through the Alberton top order to have the visitors reeling at 3-20 at stumps.

Ruddy finished with 2-6 off three devastating overs while Bonner snared 1-14.

The duo will resume their attack next Saturday with not-out batsmen Andrew Tiley (2) and T Gaunt (1) squarely in their sights and Cudgen skipper Mick Gray has promised there will be no let-up as he pursues first innings points.

"We're not going to be taking anything easy," he said. "We're not going to be confident until we have them 10 down."

Bonner and Ruddy were the standouts for a Terranora side that struggled with the bat.

Opener Ryan Willoughby (25) was the only other batsman to reach double figures before he was bowled by Peter Dick (5-52).

"It was just one of those days where the luck didn't go our way," Gray said.

Pottsville's batsmen also will be hoping for a change of luck after they were reduced to 2-14 in reply to Queens' first innings total of 207 in the match at Angove Park.

Tom Brennan (5) and Ben Thoms (5) will resume the chase after Troy Singh (0) and opening partner J McQueen (3) fell late on the opening day.

Earlier, fast bowler Mick Anderson was the chief destroyer claiming 4-32 while Brennan finished with 2-25.



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