Take nothing for granted:skipper
CUDGEN will get an early taste of LJ Hooker League finals action tomorrow, in a one-day semi-final clash against Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval.
Having beaten Lennox by just one run when the sides met last month, Cudgen will be out to prove a point that it wasn’t just luck that got them home on top.
And with the LJ Hooker League finals just three rounds away, Cudgen could gain a valuable psychological edge by maintaining an unbeaten record against a likely finals opponent.
“We didn’t perform anywhere near our best against Lennox Head. We only just got home against them,” Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.
Tomorrow will be an opportunity to rectify that.
“We will be going into the game with a positive attitude and looking to enjoy playing together as a team and hopefully the result comes our way.”
Casino and Southern Districts round out the top four of the league’s best-performed teams over six rounds of one-day matches and they will now battle it out for the title of champions of the shorter form of the game.
The series takes place as a sideshow to the main competition, which still has three two-day rounds remaining. Cudgen will have to back up from today’s premiership game with Byron Bay, also at Reg Dalton Oval.
Cudgen was originally scheduled to play Southern Districts in the one-day series, but a late protest from Lennox Head over missing bonus points put that side in third spot and secured it a clash with the second-placed Kingscliff-based side at home.
Cudgen will be missing all-rounder Nick Gray tomorrow, but will otherwise be at full strength on both days of the weekend.
Luke Arnold, who has scored a lot of runs in second grade recently, will step up in the absence of Gray.
Wilson said Cudgen would like the one-day title, but the major LJ Hooker League Premiership remained the priority.
Byron Bay is ranked 12th in the premiership race, but top-placed Cudgen won’t be taking anything for granted.
“Byron is another one of those sides that if we don’t turn up to play, there is a really good chance we could drop points from the game.
“It is important we are switched on and turn up to play, because if we don’t turn up to play, we will lose.
“That will be the same for us for the rest of the games this year. We won’t be taking anything lightly and will play the best cricket we can, then hopefully finish top two.
“If we come first, that is even better. We have a slight lead but whether it will be enough by the end of the year, we will have to wait and see.”