SWEET VICTORY: Cudgen players celebrate yesterday after winning the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League final against Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
SWEET VICTORY: Cudgen players celebrate yesterday after winning the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League final against Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff. Mitchell Craig

Cudgen the benchmark in FNC cricket after going back-to-back

CUDGEN has won back-to-back premierships in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket after beating Lennox Head in the final at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

In a clean sweep, they have now won consecutive finals in the one-day and two-day competitions.

They hammered home the win in convincing fashion yesterday as Lennox capitulated on the second day when bowled out for only 102 chasing 259.

All-rounder Caleb Ziebell finished the game with four wickets after top-scoring for his side with 59 on the first day.

Top-order batsman Alec Williams made 55 while fast bowler James Julius took three wickets in four balls with the game wrapped up after just two hours of play on the second day.

"The catches stuck and every- thing seemed to go our way today," Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.

"We had plenty of work to do on Saturday and we were losing wickets but Alec came in and batted out of his skin like he's done all season.

"Dougy Potter was very good again and Callum Gall has done a lot for us down the order.

"We're pretty fortunate that we've been able to keep the same team together for a couple of years.

"Michael Anderson missed the end of the season with injury, which was unfortunate, but we had Connor Ziebell come in this season and he's a superstar in the making.

"I can't see any team changes next season either, so this is a pretty special time for us."

Todd Fisher provided the most resistance for Lennox Head, scoring 26 yesterday after taking three wickets on Saturday.

The Pirates have played in two of the past three finals and have been unsuccessful both times.

The loss of Daniel Emms and Sam Lucas from the top-order did not help.

"That wasn't the greatest way to end the season but our bowlers gave us a shot," Lennox Head captain Andrew Lindsay said.

"I didn't think it was going to be impossible up here and if we got to 0-50 at the first break it could have been a lot different.

"Obviously we got towelled up in the end but we can hold our heads high.

"We used about 35 players this season and there were another two guys out there today who didn't play a game in the regular season."

Cudgen, the minor premiers, had dominated a rain-affected draw with Marist Brothers in their semi- final the previous week. Lennox Head defeated Tintenbar-East Ballina to reach the decider.



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