Cudgen captain Jamie Wilson plays one down leg side. He knows his team is up against the competition’s best in the coming matches.
Cudgen captain Jamie Wilson plays one down leg side. He knows his team is up against the competition’s best in the coming matches. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Cudgen's new test

CUDGEN Cricket Club looks the dominant force in the LJ Hooker League this season, but captain Jamie Wilson believes the real test starts today.

Boasting a perfect 100 per cent record – seven victories from seven starts, including one outright – Wilson’s men entered the holiday break firmly atop the table, three points clear of reigning premiers Ballina.

Nonetheless, the representative skipper won’t allow his troops to get ahead of themselves.

“It was, it was a great start to the season, any time you go undefeated it is,” Wilson said.

“But in reality we played a lot of the ‘easier’ teams in the opening half of the season.

“You still have to play well and get the results, and we did, but we have a much harder run home.

“We have to get off to a good start today and keep the momentum going.

“If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, and keep winning, then the minor premiership is ours.”

Cudgen’s defence of top spot begins at home on Reg Dalton Oval this afternoon, with a testing year-opener against fourth placed Marist Brothers.

With just two losses to their name, the Brothers have been the dark horses of this year’s competition, and Wilson insists his men won’t be taking them lightly.

“They’re (Marist) flying under the radar a bit,” Wilson said.

“I don’t know much about them, but they’re obviously performing – quiet achievers.

“Not may people would have expected them to be top-four I don’t think, but we certainly won’t underestimate them.”

However Wilson has an ace of his own for the clash.

For the first time this season he has the luxury of selecting a full-strength side, and with talents like Chris Moase, Craig Wilson and Michael Anderson back in the line-up, and young gun Jimmy Adams firing since his call-up to first grade, Cudgen should extend its unbeaten streak to eight.

But with Alstonville (fifth), Casino (third), Ballina (second) and Southern Districts (seven-th) all yet to be faced in the remaining five fixtures, Cudgen’s true character and ability are sure to be tested.



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