Cudgen batsman shows his class
JAMIE Wilson's impressive run of form in the LJ Hooker League continued on Saturday when he again top scored for Cudgen as the home side powered to 5(dec)-295 against Alstonville at Reg Dalton Oval.
Wilson smacked 89 runs to be the most prolific run scorer in the competition, averaging 50 after four innings.
Alstonville's Liam Smith is second on the run-scorers' list, seven runs behind Wilson, so it will be up to the Cudgen bowlers next week to get Smith out cheaply and keep their man on top.
Youngster Caleb Zeibell was another to impress, finishing unbeaten on 62, with Shane Wilson not out 20.
Cudgen skipper Terry Wilson was in a run-scoring mood on his return from a dislocated thumb and set the tone with 43.
Callum Gall (8) was out cheaply, but Doug Potter (47) mirrored his captain's approach before a cameo from Aaron Laycock (12).
Then Jamie Wilson strode to the crease and, in conjunction with Zeibell, ensured the Hornets were in a commanding position.
Cudgen gave themselves 17 overs to bowl to Alstonville, and Chris Moase made the most of the opportunity to have the visitors 1-46 at stumps.
Captain Wilson said it was a brilliant batting display, headed by his brother and Zeibell.
"Jamie is batting probably the best I have ever seen him bat. He's batting really consistently and just not looking like getting out. (A century) is not far away," Wilson said.
Meanwhile, Wilson's jaw was left hanging on the floor after Zeibell's not-out performance.
"It was one of the best innings I have ever seen from anyone, let alone a 16-year-old.
"He did exactly the right things ... played the good ones on merit and put the bad ones away. It was a really composed innings.
"For a 16-year-old he is the best batter I have ever seen."
Wilson would have liked to have picked up a few extra wickets before play concluded on Saturday but Cudgen is in a solid position for first innings, or even outright victory.
A lot will depend on the weather, with reports indicating it will rain later this week and a damp outfield will only help the home side's chances.