Cudgen defeat strugglers
WITHOUT young gun Josh Sigley, strugglers Murwillumbah were unable to offer much resistance against Cudgen's star-studded attack at Reg Dalton Oval on Saturday.
Already distant underdogs entering the round 12 mismatch against a side eagerly pursuing the minor premiership, the loss of the club's No.1 batsman was a devastating blow to Murwillumbah.
With the openers both gone and Murwillumbah teetering at 2-12, Gabriel Araujo (21), Dominic Edwards (19) and Daniel Catt (22) combined to take the tally to a more respectable 6-81.
However, with seasoned campaigner Paul Swift (15) the only other batsman to reach double figures, Murwillumbah limped through 48 overs before being dismissed for a meagre 112.
Representative duo James Julius (3-25 from 13 overs) and Damien King (3-24 from 11) did most of the damage for Cudgen while Chris Moase, Tait Burns and James Adams all chimed in with a wicket a piece.
In reply, the second-placed hosts showed exactly why they're a genuine threat for this year's crown, losing just one wicket on the way to eclipsing the visitors' target.
Murwillumbah spirits were lifted when Xavier Hawkey struck early to dismiss opener Jordyn Wilson (1), but when Tait Burns (48) quickly found his feet, he went about forming a formidable 108-run partnership with the competition's leading batsmen Craig Wilson (57).
Wilson notched his fifth half-century of the season, two of which he has converted to hundreds, as Cudgen cruised to 2-118 from 19.2 overs before declaring.