Julius tears through Murwillumbah

CUDGEN were made to work hard but by the end of the opening day they were in the driver's seat in their LJ Hooker League clash with Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval.

Led by a devastating five-wicket haul from James Julius (4-45 from 15), the local powerhouses swept through the Murwillumbah line-up to have them all out for 140, including a miserly four extras bowled in the 39 overs.

Murwillumbah captain Matt Parker (24), wicketkeeper Sam Reading (21no) and all-rounder Paul Dhillon (32) were the best of the batsmen, holding their wickets and preventing a collapse.

Cudgen all-rounder Craig Wilson put his hand up for man-of-the-match honours with an accurate 2-21 from his seven overs before smashing a much-needed 59 off the willow.

Together with Aaron Laycock (47), Wilson carried his troops from a worrying 4-58 to a commanding 5-140.

However, Wilson's dismissal triggered a collapse with Cudgen losing three wickets without adding to the score as they slumped to 7-140.

They will resume next week at 7-150 with Michael Gray not out 6 and Terry Wilson unbeaten on 4.

Shannon Johnson (3-53) was the best of the Murwillumbah bowlers with an expensive but effective Zachary Stone (2-19 from three) l ending support.

Elsewhere, Marist Brothers have their work cut out as they seek to chase down Tintenbar-East Ballina.

An impressive 161 from Kane Hamilton and a fine 92-run knock from Brett Crawford steered the visitors to an imposing 9-383 on the opening day of their match.

Lismore Workers also have a difficult task in front of them as they try to reel in Alstonville who finished at 8-343(dec) on day one of their match.

In other games, Casino (3-75) were in a comfortable position against Southern Districts (115) and Lennox Head were 0-20 in reply to Brunswick-Byron (143).

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