Cudgen still in safe hands

IT may be early days in the LJ Hooker League, but it comes as little surprise that Cudgen players dominate the local statistics.

And being Cudgen, it comes as even less of a shock that a Wilson tops the standings – powerhouse all-rounder Craig Wilson.

Consistently one of the league’s best performers, the veteran campaigner has shown no signs of slowing down and currently holds fifth spot in the Champion Player Standings (CPS).

Dusting off the cobwebs with 25 runs off the willow and 3-25 with the leather against South Tweed in his side’s opening encounter, Wilson turned up the heat against Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval last weekend.

Having snared the decisive wicket of Paul Dhillon, he ended Murwillumbah’s innings in his seventh over when he knocked over Zach Stone, before ticking the half century box with a vital 59 that carried his side from 4/58 to 5/140 and secured first-innings points.

When play resumes today, fourth-placed Cudgen will take to the crease at 7/150, looking for an outright win.

With figures of 5-45 last week and 3-21 against Colts, Cudgen’s James Julius is in 13th spot on the CPS, while Jordyn Wilson, who has put together innings of 58 and 15 respectively, rounds out the top 20.

Struggling Murwillumbah’s highest ranked players, Aaron Chapman and Paul Dhillon, are in 64th and 65th places, but should rally as the season continues.

Competition newcomer and Colts captain Jack Boote sits in sixth spot on the CPS.

Although dismissed for seven against Cudgen, last year’s semi- finalists, he came out ball in hand and rattled their defences to claim 5-41, before working the ball around for 48 against reigning premiers Ballina last week.

Defending a mediocre 188, South Tweed will need Boote’s bowling at its best on Dave Burns Field today, with Ballina resuming on 2/88.

In 11th position, Luke McMahon is Terranora’s highest-ranked player despite a nightmare start to his campaign against Marist Brothers in the opening round.

Dismissed for a duck he was then hit for 50 off his 11 overs, but turned it around against Pottsville last weekend with 4-14, before carting an unbeaten 50 off the stick.

His contributions and those of Grant Thompson – ranked 16th on the back of 25 runs and figures of 5-66 in round one – saw Pottsville dismissed for 76, while Terranora resumes today on 7/174 at Seabreeze Oval.

Bagging 62 runs in round one, Sean Wilson is Pottsville’s highest ranked in 21st spot.

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