Cudgen aiming for top spot

CUDGEN could take first position on the LJ Hooker League ladder today by beating Murwillumbah outright at Reg Dalton Oval.

The home side will be throwing everything it has at its young opponents in an effort to wrap up a top-two finish for the regular season, and give itself every opportunity to be minor premiers.

The side has already taken first innings points, which could prove vital should rain throw a spanner into the works during the second day of this penultimate round.

Cudgen’s arch-rivals and competition leaders Casino made 224 runs against Lennox Head at Meegan Crescent last weekend, a gettable target at home for the third-placed side.

If both matches are rained out, it will leave Cudgen and Casino on level points, setting the scene for a final-round cliff- hanger.

Cudgen declared at 2-118 last Saturday and Murwillumbah started its second innings well, ending the day at 0-13.

“We are in a good position, we did what we had to do last weekend, so it is looking really good,” Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.

“The weather is going to be the one that is going to be the problem for us.

“It should be right, we had the covers on for the last couple of nights, so it should be okay.”

Wilson’s mantra all season has been one of respect for opponents, and he said Cudgen still had work to do.

“Murwillumbah are a good young side, we are definitely not home and hosed.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if they put on a real good fight and turn out to be really hard to get out – there is definitely some good kids in that side.”

Wilson said he declared early to put Murwillumbah straight out to bat after a tiring few hours in the field last weekend, but openers Andrew Bennett and Veerinder Singh-Gosel had managed to hold on to their wickets in a nerve-racking four overs.

Cudgen will throw everything it has at Murwillumbah today.

“We have to, there is no doubt about that. We have got to do that to keep our top-two spot, and it is also a chance for us to come first, which is even better.

“It is going to be tough for whoever it is to take us from top two, but it would be a big shame if it does rain and it stops us from possibly claiming maximum points from Murwillumbah.”

In other LJ Hooker League clashes, Ballina resumes at 8-161 against Alstonville, Southern Districts are 4-98 in pursuit of Marist Brothers’ 9-120(dec), and Byron Bay are 3-31 chasing Lismore Workers’ 124.

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