Aaron Laycock is clean bowled for Cudgen.
Aaron Laycock is clean bowled for Cudgen. Blainey Woodham

Cudgen attack is a danger

CUDGEN were at their clinical best as they tore through Lismore Workers on the opening day of their LJ Hooker League cricket clash with Lismore Workers at Reg Dalton Oval on Saturday.

In an ominous warning to their LJ Hooker League rivals, Cudgen’s pace partners Chris Moase and James Julius ripped through the visitor’s batting line-up to have them all out for a measly 57.

In reply, the home side was 8-174 at stumps.

But the day belonged to the bowlers with Moase claiming a remarkable 6-30 from 15 vicious overs while Julius took 3-14 off his 14 overs.

Jake Turcato (13) was one of only two Lismore batsmen to make it into double figures against a bowling attack that is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the competition’s most fearsome.

After skipper Jamie Wilson won the toss and sent Lismore in, Julius gave Cudgen the ideal start when he found the edge of opener Matt Knapman’s bat before the visitor’s had got off the mark.

Wilson grabbed the chance to claim the first of five catches for the day for the ’keeper.

Lismore steadied after the early setback but remained anxious at the crease and when Julius had Turcato out caught, the visitors were in trouble at 2-20.

Moase then combined with Wilson to remove opener Cameron Black (4) and Lismore were reeling at 3-28.

Two more wickets fell without addition to the score and from there Moase had a field day, terrorising the lower order before Lee Clouten (1-7) took the final wicket to end their pain.

After a busy morning behind the stumps, Wilson then combined with fellow opener Craig Wilson (21) to guide the hosts into a commanding position on the scoreboard.

Wilson blasted an impressive 89 before he was caught out off the bowling of Jeremy Cowin but by then Cudgen were in command at 7-164.

Play will resume on Saturday with Lee Clouten unbeaten on four and Damien King yet to score.

Another ’keeper leading the way is South Tweed’s Matthew Shean who continues to impress in an otherwise unconvincing Colts outfit.

Promising so much after a successful off-season, the Colts are yet to record a win this season, but courtesy of Shean’s bat they are in a competitive position after day one of their match against Southern Districts at Neilson Park.

Having provided two solid innings in last week’s loss to Ballina, Shean was again in fine touch, notching up a well-worked 71 while others around him crumbled.

Shean’s heroics, with assistance from tailenders Daniel Hawkins (27) and Dan Lawton (10), guided Colts to 147 in their first innings.

In reply, Southern Districts were in danger at 4-54 with skipper Jack Boote (3-29) doing most of the damage.

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