Cudgen secures crown
A TAIT Burns ton delivered Cudgen a memorable first innings win over South Tweed on Saturday and with it the LJ Hooker League minor premiership.
Stand-in wicketkeeper Callum Gall scored an impressive 46 not out, but it was Burns' unbeaten 101 against his old team at Reg Dalton Oval that secured the silverware.
“It was a really good win on Saturday and to win the minor premiership was brilliant because we haven't won it in a few years,” Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.
“Our goal all season was to come in the top two, so to come away on top is a really good feeling.”
Burns was in superb touch from the outset, returning to the crease on 50 and wasting little time fashioning the match-winning 140-run partnership with Gall.
The sensational innings bumped Burns to second on the champion player standings and his skipper could not have been happier with his mid-season recruit.
“I couldn't ask for any more from our two batsmen,” Wilson said.
“But really it was a good team performance on the first day that put us in a winning position.”
However Wilson said that while the players were feeling good with the minor premiership tucked under the belt, the real challenge began now.
He said his troops would have to be at their best to claim a win against Ballina in next weekend's semi-final.
Ballina notched a convincing win against Casino on Saturday.
The Ballina bowlers were impressive, dismissing Casino for a dismal 66 before racing to 4-128 in reply.
“Ballina are a good side. We'll have to be on our best to beat them,” Wilson said.
“We don't have anything new lined up for our preparation,” Cudgen captain Craig Wilson said.
“We're just going to try to be consistent, like we've been all year.”
One element that could work in Cudgen's favour is the home-ground advantage afforded to the teams that finished in the top two at the end of the regular season.
With wet weather predicted to continue through the week, Cudgen could find itself with an easier passage to the grand final.
“It's really good to have the game at the home ground,” Wilson said.
“If there's any weather in play that always really helps the home side.”
Ballina will have to take its game to the next level for the semis, coming up against gun batsman Craig Wilson and all-rounder Burns, who sit one-two respectively on the champion player standings, continuing the tradition set last year by the South Tweed skipper Jack Boote.
Elsewhere, other games finished as washed-out draws, except Marist Brothers' outright over eight-man Terranora last week.