Rain and strife as Cudgen bows out
CUDGEN'S LJ Hooker league campaign came to a close over the weekend, going down to Ballina in a rain-affected semi-final at Fripp Park.
The only Tweed team in the finals, Cudgen was set a target of 7-259 after Ballina batted first and made 7-259 off 95 overs, virtually batting Cudgen out of the match.
To their credit, Cudgen remained in the game and had to settle for a draw, but with Ballina finishing in second spot, they progressed through to the final against reigning premiers Casino.
Casino downed Tinten- bar-East Ballina in another controversial rain-affected semi.
The result puts Ballina through to its first Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket final in 13 years, and the win came on the back of batsman Nathan Anson, who made 64, and captain Shane Jacobs, who took 4-40.
Cudgen limped to 8-163 after being reduced to 7-57.
Rain delayed play on Saturday and Sunday, and by the time Ballina had faced its 95 overs, Cudgen was left with only 40 overs to reach the target.
At Lismore, sabotage was suspected in the game between Casino and Tintenbar when the pitch covers were found to be pulled back from one end of the wicket at Oakes Oval.
Heavy rain overnight made the northern end of the pitch wet, and despite waiting for several hours, Tintenbar was sent in to bat on the unpredictable and at times unplayable pitch.
The team was all out for 123, and Casino, batting in the afternoon, cruised past the target without the loss of a wicket.