Julius rattles Terranora
JAMES Julius stepped up as Cudgen’s premier fast bowler on the weekend, dismissing Terranora Lakes’ opening three batsmen quickly to set up a convincing win for his team.
The win has emphasised Cudgen’s standing as the top side of this year’s LJ Hooker Cricket League early in the season, by comfortably defeating Terranora Lakes, who were in fourth position coming into Round 4.
The loss sent Terranora into a freefall down the ladder into sixth position as this season’s pecking order begins to sort itself out.
Julius (3/28 off 13 overs), was supported well by fellow opening bowler Chris Moase (3/52 off 15 overs) and the pair proved pivotal in restricting Terranora to just 149 runs in response to Cudgen’s 261.
Senior Cudgen player Craig Wilson said had was proving this year he is capable of taking on the new ball with great effect.
“James Julius has really stepped up as a premier fast bowler this year,” Wilson said. “He was supported well by Chris Moase, who was bowling into the breeze.
“For them to get three wickets each is an awesome effort.”
Wilson said Cudgen’s plan to target Terranora’s experienced all-rounder Craig Bonnor paid dividends.
“We got off to a good start (on Saturday), getting rid of Craig Bonnor (4) in the first couple of overs of the day. We targeted Craig as a danger to us in this match, as he has been an outstanding all-rounder for over a decade.”
Wilson himself chimed in with a handy 2/25 off seven overs, with Damien King and Joshua Callegari taking one wicket each to round out Cudgen’s wicket-takers.
The Cudgen attack had Heath Wilson’s stunning, unbeaten 121 runs to thank for giving it such an imposing total to work with on Saturday.
Wilson amassed his total with a little help from his team-mates, with Callegari adding 35 for the tenth wicket and Jordyn Wilson making a 25-run start at number 4.
Terranora Lakes’ top order fell without giving the scorers much work to do, but middle-order batsmen Luke McMahon (20) and Corey McMahon (34) proved harder for the Cudgen bowlers to dismiss. The talented brothers also contributed well with the ball, taking two wickets each for Terranora last weekend.
“Corey McMahon is an outstanding young bowler who bats really well for an opening bowler. The world is his oyster if he puts his mind to it,” Wilson said. “He could step up and really push for a spot with Queensland Country or Gold Coast Dolphins. He is a sensational bowler who hits the ball cleanly.”
Matthew McDonald top scored for Terranora from number 10 in the line-up with a respectable 39 runs.
Cudgen are now three points clear of the Ballina Bears on the league table with the Casino Golf Club Cavaliers and Alstonville rounding out the top four.
Wilson said Cudgen was expecting a real test when it takes on Tintenbar-East Ballina next weekend.
In other matches, Casino defeated South Tweed; Marist Brothers took out Brunswick/Byron; Pottsville were beaten by Lennox Head; Ballina defeated Lismore Workers and Alstonville beat Tintenbar-East Ballina.