Middle order guides Palm Beach

TWO terrific digs in the middle of the batting order helped steer Palm Beach-Currumbin to a comfortable first-innings victory over Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast Cricket first-grade round-two clash at Sir Bruce Small Oval on Saturday.

Palm Beach resumed at 2-31, chasing the 145 knocked up by Surfers Paradise the previous week, and managed to compile 199 and send Surfers Paradise in for another innings.

When the umpires ended the match, Surfers was struggling at 5-70 but time ran out for PBC in its effort to push for an outright victory.

Palm Beach was in a bit of trouble early on day two, losing opening batsmen Matthew Hicks, who failed to add to his score of 17, and Jamie Tripp, who added just two runs before being run out.

Palm Beach looked to be on very shaky ground, with four wickets down for 35 but sterling knocks from Richard Burgess (45) and Peter Anderson (41) steadied the ship and took them past the target.

Englishman Mark Wood, with 15, and an unbeaten 26 from Shane Stein, took the Palm Beach score to just one run shy of the double century.

Wood, who is capable of sending the ball down in excess of 140kmh, wasn't called on to show his bowling skills in Surfers Paradise's second innings.

With the match seemingly petering out to a first innings loss to Surfers Paradise, Palm Beach decided to give Wood another week off, bowling to fully ensure he recovers from a nagging knee injury.

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