Wicket woes of Tweed cricket
By DAVID CARROLL
POTTSVILLE captain Josh Singh has warned his players that their season is in jeopardy after Tweed District Cricket teams endured a horror weekend in the Gabba Sports Cup competition.
Pottsville fell just two runs short of a thrilling victory in their one-day match against Helensvale on Saturday.
Chasing Helensvale's 100-run total, Pottsville were all out for 98 in the 24th over.
The defeat has left Pottsville, the best placed of the Tweed District Cricket teams, teetering in fifth spot on the Southern Division points ladder and with just five rounds remaining before the finals, Singh said time was fast running out for his team.
"The good thing is that other results have gone our way so we're still in the hunt for a spot in the finals," Singh said.
"But every game now for us is crucial, and after yesterday it's even more so.
"We can probably afford to lose one more but if we lose more than that it's the end of our season."
Pottsville's defeat was part of a savaging for Tweed teams at the weekend with none able to best their rivals from the Northern Division.
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South Tweed Colts were beaten by seven wickets in their clash with Surfers Paradise at Fraser Drive, Cudgen were handed a five-wicket defeat at Reg Dalton Oval and Terranora fell 15 runs shy of victory in their match against Redlands at Bilambil.
At Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah were crushed by Southport-Labrador with the visitors cruising to a 66-run win.
Chasing Southport-Labrador's imposing 6-214 total, Murwillumbah crashed to be all out for 48.
At Fraser Drive, Joel Wilson scored 41 before Cudgen were dismissed for 86 in the 26th over. Surfers reeled the total in in just 20 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
Terranora ran out of wickets in their clash with Redlands.
Michael Gray (33) and Mal Brown (30) spearheaded Terranora's chase of Redland's 8-141, but they efforts proved futile with the home side all out for 126 in the 35th over.
Cudgen were all out for 84 in their match, a target Loganholme passed in the 21st over for the loss of just five wickets.
At Pottsville, Helensvale made the most of their chances with skipper Mitch Rowing scoring an impressive half-century in his side's 100.
"We dropped him on two," Singh said.
"If we had taken that it would have made a big difference. The wicket was slow and wet and pretty ugly and the ball was popping around everywhere but he batted well."
Rowing was the last man out for Helensvale, run out for 50 after defying the Pottsville attack.
Pottsville medium pacer Aaron Laycock earlier made the most of the movement, taking three wickets for just 14 runs while Justin Singh finished with 3-30.
Opener Shane Robinson, making his first appearance in the top grade this season, compiled a tidy 24 to lead Pottsville towards Helensvale's total but his dismissal was the start of the end for the home side.
Mathew Glynn (24) was the only other batsman able to establish himself in the middle.
"They both batted well," Singh said. "Pity somebody else didn't score another three runs."
In other games, Palm Beach-Currumbin maintained their hold on the Southern Division competition lead with a four-wicket win over Coomera-Hope Island in their clash at Salk Oval.
Coomera were all out for 125, a target Palm Beach reached in the 28th over for the loss of six wickets.
Runaway Bay (143) easily accounted for Mudgeeraba-Nerang, bowling the hosts out for 124, Northern Division competition leaders Alberton (5-116) held on to beat Broadbeach-Robina (110) by five runs and Queens thrashed Logan Village.
After batting first, Queens piled on 138 runs before skittling Logan Village for 40 in the 26th over.
The Northern Division competition continues next weekend with another round of one-day matches.