Heath applies the heat
IF it’s not one Wilson tearing it up for Cudgen in the LJ Hooker Cricket League, it’s another.
On Saturday it was the turn of middle-order batsman Heath Wilson, whose emphatic 121 not out carried the league leaders to a resounding 261 against local rivals Terranora on day one of their round four clash at Reg Dalton Oval.
With bragging rights on the line, Cudgen captain Jamie Wilson won the toss, electing to occupy the crease and build pressure on their premier Tweed rivals.
However with Terry Wilson (1) dismissed cheaply and Craig Wilson (8) soon joining him back in the pavilion, last year’s semi-finalists looked to be cracking under pressure.
Aaron Laycock (11) and Jordyn Wilson (25) steadied the ship momentarily but when Luke McMahon (2-33 off 12) snagged Laycock and Jamie Wilson (4) in the space of two overs, the hosts were soon under the pump again at 4-40.
Enter Heath Wilson at six.
Carting the Terranora attack around the park, Heath combined with Jordyn for a game-changing 62-run partnership.
At 5-102 Cudgen were back in control but the quick fire loss of Callum Gall (1) and Chris Moase (6) – both lbw to Terranora captain Leigh Baker (4-43 off 15) - levelled the playing field once more at 7-120.
But Cudgen haven’t remained at the forefront of Tweed cricket for so long for nothing and the depth that has carried them to many a final series prevailed yet again.
Tailenders Lee Clouten (17) and Joshua Callegari (35) displayed some great touches with the bat and provided excellent support for Wilson in the closing stages.
In reply Terranora began tentatively and the loss of Adam Rodgers (5) in the second of three overs had the visitors at 1-9 by stumps.
Meanwhile, a remarkably improved bowling attack has Murwillumbah in a commanding position after day one of their clash with Southern Districts at Rabjones Oval on Saturday.
Victims of arguably the toughest opening draw in the competition, Murwillumbah suffered comprehensive defeats at the hands of Alstonville (sixth on the ladder), Cudgen (second) and reigning premiers Ballina in their opening three encounters.
As such they have just one point and are at the foot of the ladder but entered their fourth-round encounter with an air of confidence.
Having won the toss, Parker opted to send his troops into bat on the back of a stellar second innings against Cudgen.
However they didn’t perform yet again and were dismissed for mediocre 131.
Without the luxury of hefty target to defend, the pressure was on Parker’s pace men to orchestrate the rapid demolition of their visitors and this time the Murwillumbah men stood up to have Southern Districts in trouble at 5-57 at stumps.
Murwillumbah will enter the second and final day on Saturday in a powerful position in search of their first win of the year.
While Murwillumbah are poised to move off the bottom, fellow strugglers Pottsville appear destined to replace them after a miserable opening day against Lennox Head at Seabreeze Oval.
Having spent most of last season as wooden spooners, Pottsville were hoping to climb a little higher in the 2009-10 season, but simply lack the fire power to do so.
Sent in, the hosts crumbled with Dan Thoms (22 not out) the lone performer as the rest of his team fell victim to a Paul Milgate masterclass.
Milgate was seemingly unplayable, snaring nine of Pottsville’s 10 wickets – all for single figures – as Pottsville were bundled out for 72 runs in the 24th over.
In response Lennox raced out to 4-192 off 43 overs by stumps.
Elsewhere, Marist Brothers ended on 2-83 in pursuit of Brunswick-Byron’s 167 at Oakes Oval, and Lismore Workers find themselves in trouble on 2-7, chasing Ballina’s 229 at Fripp Oval.
Progressive scores for the Casino and South Tweed clash and the Tintenbar-East Ballina and Alstonville battle were unavailable.