Cudgen quick James Julius is a key. Photo: Blainey Woodham
Cudgen quick James Julius is a key. Photo: Blainey Woodham

Cudgen chase stroke of luck

THIRTEEN might be considered an unlucky number for some but Cudgen Cricket Club is hoping it is unlucky for Southern Districts this weekend in the 13th and final round of the LJ Hooker League.

After the first day’s play was rained out at Neilson Park, Cudgen has one day to secure a win and book a home semi-final.

Seven points will guarantee a top-two finish and, pending the Casino-Ballina clash result, possibly even a minor premiership.

However, as the ladder stands, Casino trail Cudgen by just two points and Ballina by five.

So should Cudgen lose and Casino prevail, Casino would slip to third and travel south for their semi.

Cudgen are somewhat out of sorts at present too.

Having struggled to mount decent batting totals since the Christmas break, they have relied on their bowlers to get over the line.

Club captain Jamie Wilson acknowledged his men would need to get their batting in order if they were to have any chance in the finals.

“We’ll be in trouble in the finals if we keep averaging 100,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll go pretty well this weekend and be playing a home semi-final next weekend.

“We’re a pretty even match with Souths because we’ve got a strong bowling attack and they have a powerful batting line-up so it will be a great game.

“We are the better side though, and if our batsmen can rekindle their early-season form, and the usual suspects of James Julius and Michael Anderson spearhead a good bowling attack, we’ll prove too strong and be in good stead for the finals.”

Meanwhile, Pottsville and Murwillumbah will resume their wooden spoon battle at Seabreeze, with Pottsville entering the final day on 4-44 in pursuit of Murwillumbah’s season-best 6-192 (dec).

While both sides have failed to win a single game in the 2009-10 season, Pottsville dwell four points below Murwillumbah at the foot of the ladder and require an unlikely victory to leapfrog them off the bottom.

With no hope of a finals berth, South Tweed and Terranora will be playing for pride and hoping to close the season out on a high note at home today.

South Tweed will host Alstonville at Dave Burns Field and Terranora tackle Brunswick/Byron at Bilambil.

Elsewhere, Ballina battle Casino at Fripp Oval, Lennox Head lock horns with Tintenbar-East Ballina at Meegan Crescent and Lismore Workers meet Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval.

Action begins at 1pm.



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