Blake Reynolds in action for Murwillumbah, who hope to keep Southern Districts to a low score today.
Blake Reynolds in action for Murwillumbah, who hope to keep Southern Districts to a low score today. Crystal Spencer

Mbah cricketers fighting chance

EARLY wickets at Rabjones Oval this afternoon could pave the way for Murwillumbah to register their first win of the 2009/10 LJ Hooker League over Southern Districts.

Disappointing yet again with the bat, the hosts scraped together an ordinary 131 runs in the 48 overs they survived, before looking to inflict the same short life expectancy on the southerners.

Fortunately for the winless outfit they did just that, getting off to a cracking start with the wicket of Anthony Nind (0), courtesy of an Aaron Chapman pearler in his first over.

Four more cheap wickets before the close of play had the visitors on 5/57 at stumps, in dire need of building a constructive partnership early on the second and final day today.

With their victims wounded, Murwillumbah captain Matt Parker will want his troops to go for the throat and rip into the Souths batsmen from the very first delivery.

Victory would elevate Murwillumbah out of the wooden spoon position and possibly as high as 11th (out of 14).

That would leave the cellar door wide open for Pottsville to drop back into the dungeon.

Like Murwillumbah, Pottsville has failed to register a win in what has been an unconvincing start to its campaign.

However unlike their local rivals, Pottsville is far from a winning position in its clash with Lennox Head at Seabreeze Oval.

In fact the best it can hope for is to prevent an outright, though as things currently stand it’s on the cards.

With the exception of Dan Thoms (22) not one other Pottsville batsman managed double figures as the embattled club slumped to yet another score in the 70s, this time 72, having lasted just 24 overs.

Having struck early through Shaun Wilson, the hosts momentarily looked like mounting a stand with their visitors at 1/14, but all hopes were soon quashed as Lennox first breezed passed Pottsville’s total before cruising out to 4/192 by stump.

When play resumes Lennox is likely to add quick runs to its tally and send Pottsville back in to bat early in the hope of dismissing the side for a second time and securing all 12 points available.

Meanwhile the real battle for Tweed supremacy is heating up at Reg Dalton Oval, with local powerhouses Cudgen and Terranora pulling no punches in their highly anticipated clash.

Last year’s semi-finalists, Cudgen opened shakily with the loss of two early wickets, but with such depth it was only a matter of time until things clicked.

Heath Wilson stood tall, notching up a game high 121* not-out to guide his side to a commanding 261 runs when the final wicket fell.

In reply Terranora too began tentatively, creeping to 1/9 off three overs after losing Adam Rodgers early courtesy of a James Julius special.

A Cudgen victory would cement its spot on top of the ladder, while a Terranora triumph could elevate Leigh Baker’s men inside the top four.

Play resumes at 1pm.

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