M'bah need to take a stand

MURWILLUMBAH will do fellow Tweed clubs a huge favour if it can hold on and prevent Ballina from securing an outright victory in round three of the LJ Hooker League at Rabjones Oval this afternoon.

Dismissed for a disappointing 134, Murwillumbah’s bowlers have thus far failed to make a dent in the Bears’ thick skin, allowing the reigning premiers to skip away to a commanding 1/183 by stumps.

Although with their backs to the wall, the hosts can salvage a point, and some pride, should they show some resistance once they return to the crease.

Ballina is likely to declare early this afternoon, confident in its ability to dismiss the wooden spooners once more before the close of play.

Hence Murwillumbah needs to strike early in order to slow down the run-rate and speed at which Ballina can reach its desired target.

In doing so Murwillumbah will reduce the time it spends at the crease, and ultimately increase its chance of survival, though that also comes down to how the boys carry the bat.

At the other end of the spectrum, Cudgen will be out to replicate a stellar first week and provide a hostile welcome for southern rivals Lismore Workers when they make the daunting trip back to Reg Dalton Oval.

Cudgen’s attack was at its scintillating best last week, ripping through the Lismore line-up as though it was the players’ first time at the crease, until they were all out for a humiliating 57.

In response, Cudgen built a commanding lead of 8/174 by stumps, and will be looking to capitalise on that position and secure the team’s first outright for the season.

Those 12 points could potentially elevate last year’s semi-finalists all the way to the top of the table.

Meanwhile, South Tweed finds itself in a tight tussle away to Southern Districts, as it looks to secure its first win for the season.

Toppled for a mediocre 147, Colts needed to impress with the ball in hand and did, finishing strongly on the first day to have their hosts in trouble at 4/54.

Early wickets today would almost guarantee South Tweed first innings points.


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