Early trouble for Tweed

AFTER the opening round of LJ Hooker League action the Tweed teams could be just about ready to pack up their bat and ball and head home.

With the exception of traditional powerhouses Cudgen, who beat new-look rivals South Tweed, the local clubs - Terranora, Murwillumbah and Pottsville - all suffered convincing losses.

It certainly wasn't the dream start Colts had hoped for in their clash with Cudgen at Reg Dalton Oval on Saturday.

Chasing an attainable 182 runs for victory, Jack Boote's men failed to impress at the crease and fell 35 runs shy of the target.

Like their bowling attack of last week, the Colts batsmen just couldn't get their eye in.

Batting at three, Tate Burns top scored with a well-worked 34 as his support crumbled around him.

Aside for Jeremy Pierce's 30, the rest of the order could manage no better than 14.

Craig Wilson did the damage for Cudgen with the ball, backing up last week's 25 off the willow with figures of 3-25 from his 11 overs while James Julius snared 2-21.

Down the road at Bilambil Sports Complex, Terranora's batsmen were somewhat more impressive.

Requiring a massive 281 runs to overcome Marist Brothers, Terranora began day two with their backs against the wall.

However by mid afternoon Grant Thompson's men were well and truly in the contest.

In trouble early at 2-37, Aiden Rogers (65) and Craig Bonnor (40) combined to put the hosts in contention at 4-143.

Thompson (25), Chad Harvey (30), Andrew Ridgewell (26) and Josh Bonnor (30) all chimed in to keep the tally ticking over, but it wasn't to be with Terranora all out for 246.

Although disappointed to fall short, Terranora will take a lot more out of their game than Murwillumbah will from their performance against Alstonville at Hill Park.

Murwillumbah had just one thing to cheer about - the fact they prevented a demoralising outright loss.

Only three batsmen - opener Troy Singh (18), skipper Matt Parker (29) and all-rounder Gabriel Araujo - managed double figures in the first innings as they crashed out to a round low 106.

In reply Alstonville had little trouble reaching the target before declaring at 9-187 and sending Murwillumbah back in.

A four, then three ducks and a two is all the top five could muster, before Aaron Chapman (17), Sam Reading (12) and James Mortimer (20) ensured their side wound out the clock and scraped together the 77 runs required to save face.

Equally unimpressive were the lads from Pottsville, though they did manage to crack the tonne in both innings.

They started promisingly enough at Neilson Park, with opener Sean Wilson carting the Lismore Workers' attack around the ground for 58.

However with the exception of Nathan Wilson's 25 and Brad Morris' 17, Pottsville's batsmen offered little else and collapsed to be all out for just 138.

With four of their batsmen scoring between 39 and 62, Lismore made light work of their run chase, declaring at 8-277 and sending Pottville back into the firing line.

Batting tentatively, Pottsville edged their way to 8-113 thanks to Dan Thoms, whose 39 not only helped on the scoreboard, but chewed up valuable overs and time.

In other opening round matches, Casino thrashed Lennox Head, Southern Districts held on for a draw with Ballina and Tintenbar-East Ballina hammered Brunswick-Byron.

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