South Tweed on top
A FORTNIGHT of heavy rain cast a dampener on just one local clash in round one of the LJ Hooker League at the weekend.
While the forecast looked bleak around the grounds on Friday, only Seabreeze Oval remained sodden come a sun-soaked Saturday morning.
However, that’s not to say it was the only pitch seemingly unplayable. Just ask Murwillumbah who hosted South Tweed at Rabjones Oval.
Having won the toss, Andrew Bennett made the dubious decision to pad up first on a track racing officials would have rated a heavy 10.
Murwillumbah could muster just three runs before Bennett’s opening partner Joshua Sigley (0) waddled back to the sheds, courtesy of a cunning delivery from Butch McDonald and swift stumping from keeper Matt Bedford.
Sam Reading (6) also fell victim to McDonald, edging to Paul Dhillon in the slips as McDonald moved to 2-2 from five overs.
Bennett (4) followed soon after and when Dominic Edwards (4) was caught off a lightning Aaron Chapman delivery, Murwillumbah were 4-19. Daniel Catt (10) sparked a little resurgence when cracking one over square leg.
The young all-rounder gracefully moved to double figures but experienced campaigner Troy Singh (3) became Tait Burns’ first scalp of the season.
Catt was next, courtesy of some clever bowling from Chapman, whose figures read 2-0 off four overs, and Murwillumbah sank to 6-30.
Veerinder Singh-Gosel was in great touch, forming a sterling partnership with Xavier Hawkey.
The pair piled on 32 before McDonald again combined with Bedford to remove Hawkley (17) at 8-72. Brent McCloy (0) went quickly, leaving No.11 Alf Stone to hold up one end for Singh-Gosel. The tailender tallied eight before being trapped in front by Hawkins. Murwillumbah were all out for 85, with Singh-Gosel unbeaten on 22 and McDonald the best of the bowlers (4-22).
In response, South Tweed got away to a flyer as Bedford and Anthony McDonald raced to 1-62 before Williams removed McDonald (45).
Vickery (23) was equally impressive and, together with Bedford, the skipper carried his team to 2-114 before becoming Williams’ second victim.
When Bedford (44) fell to Hawkey, the umpires halted play with South Tweed (3-115) on track for an outright win.