Casino takes close final encounter
CASINO took a four-wicket victory over Cudgen in the LJ Hooker League one-day grand final on Sunday, reaching its 156-run target with 13 balls to spare.
The clash has set the scene for an exciting two-day finals series because it proved there was little between the league's top two teams.
Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said either team could beat the other on any given day.
“It was a good game and both sides were on top at various stages during the day,” Wilson said. “It was a really good, tough challenge.”
Cudgen travelled to Casino's Queen Elizabeth Park for the encounter on a hot Sunday afternoon.
“It was played in the most stifling heat you could imagine,” Wilson said.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
Craig Wilson (35) and Tait Burns (25) got Cudgen off to a good start, but then Casino's Al Nowlan and Wade Sweeney tore through the middle order.
Cudgen was in trouble at 5-80 but Jamie Wilson rescued the innings with a fine 44.
Cudgen's bowlers kept it tight defending a smallish total. Casino was cruising until Chris Moase and James Julius struck, taking three wickets in five overs for just five runs.
Tait Burns also bowled a stingy spell that got Cudgen back in the game.
“If we had got another 20 runs we probably would have won the game,” Wilson said.
Casino's Todd Summers (34) and Caleb McIntyre (33) did their part, with Sam Irvine (30) also chipping in.
Matt Barber (20) was also strong with the bat and helped lead the Cavaliers to victory, as it reached 160 with six wickets down.