Cudgen hangs on for victory
A RUN out with just two balls of the match remaining delivered Cudgen a thrilling one-run win over Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval on Saturday.
The great escape further cements Cudgen's place in the top two on the LJ Hooker League ladder, ensuring the Tweed Coast team remains on target to secure a vital home semi-final.
Batting first in the rain-shortened encounter, Cudgen were restricted to a meagre 122 off their 34 overs.
Lennox appeared to have the match in hand at 2-66 after 17 overs but a short rain delay gave Cudgen captain Terry Wilson and his troops the chance to regather their thoughts.
The home side returned after the break with renewed focus and with strike bowler Mick Anderson (2-26) tormenting the batsmen, the Cudgen attack ripped through the middle-order.
With 10 overs remaining, Lennox were still in a dominant position and needed just four runs an over to secure victory but they crumbled under the pressure.
Reduced to 9-121, the visitors needed two runs with three balls remaining but it wasn't to be with Paul Milgate (2) run out to end the match.
“It was pretty much the great escape,” Wilson said.
“Lennox outplayed us for 50 of the 68 overs played.
“We were all pretty ecstatic ... it was really good to be on the winning side.”
Wilson rated the win an important milestone in the season so far, declaring Cudgen had proved they can win while playing below their best.
“We have always had the personnel to do that kind of stuff through the years and that really shone through yesterday,” he said.
“When things are down we back each other, work together and play as a team.”
James Adams led the way for the home side, top scoring with an impressive 27 before claiming 2-22.
In the only other LJ Hooker League match played at the weekend, competition leaders Casino beat South Tweed Colts at Casino.
Paul Dhillon was the only Colts player able to impose himself on the match, scoring an unbeaten 38 with the visitors restricted to 107, including 27 extras.
Liam Swanson (4-18) did his best for the Colts, snaring both openers to have Casino reeling at 2-8.
However Sam Irvine (31) and Myles McDowell (35) combined to steady the ship.
Their dismissals provided Colts with some hope with Colts scorer Stephen Reade revealing the home side's batsmen struggled for runs but managed to sneak home.
Meanwhile, Cudgen's win over Lennox Head means Terranora moves back into fourth position on the ladder.