Wilson six-pack tells for Cudgen


CUDGEN has named an amazing six Wilsons for its Gabba Sports Cup first grade cricket match against Tweed-based rivals South Tweed Colts at Fraser Drive this weekend.

"I don't think we have ever had six in the first grade side before," Cudgen captain Craig Wilson said.

The team regularly has at least three Wilsons in its line-up. Not all six are related, although Terry, Jamie and Shane (who is 12th man for the game) are brothers. Younger players Heath and Jordan complete the Wilson six-pack.

Although significant for the number of Wilsons taking part ? the match is even more important to the team's finals chances.

Both Cudgen and Colts are sitting at the bottom end of the Gabba Sports Cup ladder and need to win to keep finals hopes alive.

"It is almost like a semi-finals for both sides, I think we are sitting seventh and they are in eighth," Wilson said.

"If we lose, then we are three games out of the top four ? and no-one wants to be playing catch-up cricket. It should be an interesting battle ? we both have good young teams."

Wilson said Colts had a very good batting line-up and a good opening bowling combination in Joel Walle and Jason Wilson. Similarly Cudgen's batting line-up bristles with talent including Heath Wilson, Terry Wilson and Craig Wilson. They also have good, consistent bowlers including Chris Moase, James Julius and Lee Stevenson.

"We are probably the Twin teams of the Tweed competition," Wilson said laughing.

Meanwhile, competition leader Palm Beach Currumbin has been forced to make two changes to its batting line-up for today's match against Coomera Hope Island at Salk Oval. Star batsman Gareth Richardson has gone to England for the rest of the year, while last week's century-maker Steve Tolputt is out due to work commitments.

"We have brought Steve Mitchell in from third grades to make his debut," captain Troy Newton said. "He will bat in the middle order."

The Lions have not played their fellow-Gold Coast team for about four years.

"Czossie (fast bowler Glen Czosnek) says he is yet to play at Runaway Bay, Helensvale, Coomera or Southport," he said.

The heavy rain of the past week has placed in doubt the Murwillumbah-Queens match at Rabjones Oval.

"It was looking pretty wet down there," Murwillumbah captain Aaron Chapman said. Murwillumbah has been forced to make a couple of changes of its own after middle-order batsman Michael Elliott was injured in a car accident on his way home from training last week.

Elliott broke his leg in two places and is not likely to play again this season. Paul Watt comes into the side as does Steve Christie. The duo should bring some added batting experience.

Meanwhile, rain permiting, Pottsville will play Broadbeach-Robina at Seabreeze Oval while Terranora takes on Mudgeeraba-Nerang at Nielson's Road.

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