Cudgen's Tate Burns in fine form during a game against Terranora.
Cudgen's Tate Burns in fine form during a game against Terranora.

Cudgen take important win

CUDGEN moved into fourth place on the LJ Hooker League cricket ladder with a first innings victory over Lismore Workers in their round 7 clash at Reg Dalton Oval on Saturday.

Cudgen 221 defeated Workers 151 and 6-73 after looking to be in all sorts of trouble early in their innings.

Chasing the visitors' 151, Cudgen resumed their first innings on Saturday with a couple of their leading batsmen already back in the pavilion with only a handful of runs on the board.

However superb knocks from the multi-talented Tait Burns (51), Caleb Ziebell (38) and a swashbuckling 60 from the wily Terry Wilson saw Cudgen easily grab the first innings points.

Craig Wilson (3-32) and Chris Moase (2-12) caused a few heart flutters in the Workers' camp during their second innings but time ran out on Cudgen's charge towards an outright win.

Up at Bilambil, Terranora went within a whisker of losing outright to competition leaders, Ballina Bears

The Bears 162 and 4-92 (dec) nearly nabbed the full points in beating their hosts who managed 97 in the first dig and 9-92 in the second.

Ballina gave themselves a real hope of getting an outright victory by slamming 4-92 off just 10 overs - that allowed their bowlers 38 overs in which to get the 10 wickets.

However solid digs from David Russell (27) and Josh Hoare (26) enabled Terranora to hang on grimly as time ran out.

Pottsville also tasted defeat in their fixture against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Seabreeze Oval.

The visitors claimed a first innings win, compiling 136 and 4-78 to Pottsville's 133 and 8-124 (dec).

Pottsville managed a handy 133 in the first innings and went mighty close to getting the first innings lead but Tintenbar managed to sneak past them before losing their last wicket three runs later.

Michael Granger and Bryan Wirth bowled with good line and length and nearly brought off what would have been a well deserved victory.

Wirth finished with 3-32 but it was opening quick, Granger, who did the most damage, claiming 5-41 in another inspired performance with the ball.



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