James Adams in full flight for Cudgen.
James Adams in full flight for Cudgen. Blainey Woodham

Cudgen poised for glory

ALL eyes will be on Cudgen when play resumes at Reg Dalton Oval this afternoon, with 64 runs needed to secure the LJ Hooker League minor premiership.

Motoring along at 3-79 in pursuit of South Tweed's 9-142 at stumps on day one, Cudgen stands on the verge of its first flag in five years and skipper Terry Wilson said his team had everything to play for.

“Our goal was top two. We've done that and now we want to finish on a high,” Wilson said.

“Securing the minor premiership would be a massive achievement and moreover would show the rest of the four that they best be careful if they've doubted us, because it's our time.

“Because securing the minor flag is only half the job done, we're out to win the whole thing now.”

Tait Burns (50 not out), the form cricketer in Far North Coast Cricket, was in fantastic touch last week and together with wicketkeeper Callum Gall (23no) fashioned a formidable 72-run partnership against his old allies.

Wilson said it would be a fitting finish to what has been a rollercoaster campaign for Burns if he were still out there to hit the winning runs.

“How good would it be if Tait could go on with it, hit a ton and bring up the winning runs against his old club,” Wilson said.

“And Callum Gall is in terrific touch.

"He filled in for Jordyn Wilson with the gloves and did a great job, then backed it up with the bat.

“If they fall though it will be a really good opportunity for guys to get in and get a start against a good bowling attack before the semi-finals begin next weekend.”

Andrew Mackay (2-27) and Doug Hawkins (1-26) have been South Tweed's most dangerous combination with the ball and will need to fire early if Colts are to remain in the contest.

However, it's a long road ahead, with Nick Gray, Aaron Laycock and Terry Wilson to come before the tail and all will be lining up for their chance at glory if Burns falls.

“You can't underestimate Doug in any way, shape or form. He's a top bowler,” Wilson said.

“The only time we'll be confident of winning is when we're past the post.”

Elsewhere, Murwillumbah resumes on 1-32 in pursuit of Byron Bay's 176 at Rabjones Oval, Ballina Bears pick up on 4-128 in response to Casino's 66 at Fripp Oval, and Pottsville resumes on 2-52 as it looks to surpass Southern Districts' 157 at Nesbitt Park.

Marist Brothers recorded an outright win over eight-man Terranora at Heaps Oval last Saturday.

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