Cudgen attack reins in Colts
CUDGEN bowlers made breakthroughs at crucial times to restrict South Tweed Colts to 142 in the LJ Hooker League’s final round on Saturday.
South Tweed’s score could have been more imposing if the side’s batsmen had capitalised on solid starts at Reg Dalton Oval.
Cudgen overcame early trouble to be 3-76 in reply, with Tait Burns (50) and Callum Gall (23) both unbeaten.
Paul Dhillon (33), John Fallows (27), Matthew Shean (34) and Dougie Hawkins (23) put in a strong middle-order effort for the Colts, but the side needed more runs to trouble Cudgen.
James Julius (3-27), Damien King (3-27) and Chris Moase (2-27) combined to clean up the Colts line-up, with Craig Wilson taking his first wicket of the season – the important scalp of a dangerous-looking Hawkins.
Cudgen were without strike bowler Michael Anderson, who was rested to recover from a niggling back injury ahead of the finals.
Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said his bowlers had been switched on against Colts.
“We were really bowling a semi-final line on Saturday,” Wilson said of the bowlers, who conceded just three extras in 52.2 overs.
Wilson said King had proven again he is a valuable member of the squad, taking the wickets of Dhillon and Fallows with his leg-spin.
“Damien King is a good young spinner who has been around a long time and is a really valuable cog in the wheel,” Wilson said.
Cudgen struggled early, slumping to 3-7 before Burns and Gall led the recovery.
“The position we are in at the moment is better than what it was when we were in trouble at one stage and we are set for a far better day next weekend,” Wilson said.
Meanwhile, Ballina’s strong first-innings showing against Casino has almost shut the door on South Tweed’s slim finals hopes, and moved Cudgen closer to taking out the minor premiership.
Ballina bowled Casino out for 66 at Fripp Oval, and were 4-128 in reply at the close of play.
In other LJ Hooker League results, Murwillumbah have a chase on their hands after Byron Bay made 176 at Rabjones Oval.
The home side were 1-32 in reply with Josh Sigley and Veerinder Singh-Gosel both eight not out.
Ryan McCloy (3-13 off 10 overs) closed out his debut season with his best figures of the year.
Pottsville were confident of winning their third game of the year, after bowling out Southern Districts for 157 at Nesbitt Park.
The visitors were 2-52 at the close of play with Trent Bennett and James Lewis both not out.
“We’ll be confident to get away with a win (next Saturday),” Pottsville’s Jamie Bennett said.
“We would like to finish the season on a bit of a high to build for next year.
"We’re trying to end the season on a positive note.”
Terranora lost outright in one day against Marist Brothers in a disappointing end to a disappointing season.
Scores from the Lennox Head versus Lismore Workers and Alstonville’s clash with Tintenbar-East Ballina weren’t available at the time of print.