Cudgen will out to stamp their authority over Tintenbar-East Ballina in today’s LJ Hooker League cricket semi-final today.
Cudgen will out to stamp their authority over Tintenbar-East Ballina in today’s LJ Hooker League cricket semi-final today. Craig Sadler

Cudgen faces big test

CUDGEN will face their toughest fight yet when they meet

Tintenbar-East Ballina in the semi-final of the LJ Hooker League starting today.

Skipper Terry Wilson said he was relying on the team to pull together to make it to the finals.

“Each and every person will be integral to the game. I’m hoping everyone can contribute as a team,” Wilson said.

“They have been really strong over the last four years.

“They’re a really solid side and we’ll really have to be on our game when we face up to them.”

The Cudgen captain said there would be no dramatic change to their game play and that consistency would be key in securing a win at Reg Dalton Oval.

“We’ve played more patiently this year, and worked well together as a team, so we’re not looking to change anything,” Wilson said.

“We know semi-final cricket is different to the regular season, the innings are longer and it’s a full weekend.

“It’s hard to compare to our last performances but I think our consistency will put us a step ahead.”

Wilson said the team was injury-free and fully fit, putting the team into a good position going into the final.

“We’re in a really good spot going into the final,” he said.

“We’re quite relaxed.

“It looks like we’re having fine weather and being at home will be a huge advantage.

“I hope the local community gets behind us.

“It makes it much easier to stay focused and pull together.”

Meanwhile, Casino will meet Lennox Head at Queen Elizabeth Park for the second semi-final.

“We’d love to see Casino get beaten because we’ve beaten Lennox on both occasions this season,” Wilson said.

“I can’t see Lennox coming away with a win, but funnier things have happened in this game.”

Wilson said although a Lennox victory would make an easier grand final, the Cudgen side were more focused on the game at hand.

“We’ve still got a big fight ahead of us so we’re hardly thinking about the final,” he said.

“We’re just focusing on the weekend. The most important thing is to win this game.”

The action begins at Cudgen from 1pm today.



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