Terranora back in the hunt
THE mid-season break appears to have benefited Terranora with the refreshed outfit back to their best when the LJ Hooker League cricket competition resumed at the weekend.
A thumping six-wicket win over local rivals Murwillumbah in the limited-overs clash at Rabjones Oval on Saturday has Terranora eyeing a place in the finals.
“Mathematically we’re an outside chance of the finals but we’ll need to start playing our best cricket and keep winning,” Terranora captain Leigh Baker said yesterday.
After enjoying some good early season form, Baker’s men endured an uncharacteristic slump in the rounds leading into the Christmas break.
However, Baker had been quietly confident his side would get their season back on track against struggling Murwillumbah and they didn’t disappoint.
After restricting the home side to 78, Terranora raced past the target in the 15th over with six wickets in hand.
“It was a good, fun day of cricket and the result was never in doubt,” Baker said.
“Most importantly it was just good to get back on the winners’ list and dust off the cobwebs.”
The victory lifts Terranora to 10th spot on the ladder, but more importantly they are just one win out of the top six with five rounds remaining.
Reigning premiers Ballina, impressive winners over Brunswick-Byron, sit atop the ladder after the previously undefeated Cudgen were upset by Marist Brothers at Reg Dalton Oval on Saturday.
After piling on 185, the Lismore-based outfit bundled Cudgen out for a meagre 132.
“I don’t really know what went wrong,” Cudgen captain Jamie Wilson said.
“A few of the boys were saying it was the loss we needed and a bit of a wake-up call but we shouldn’t need a loss to get us going ... finishing on top should be motivation enough.”
The shock loss means Cudgen has slipped to third on the ladder with Casino moving into second spot after a commanding win over Lismore Workers.
Marist Brothers are fourth and Alstonville fifth after a one-sided encounter with last-placed Pottsville. Tintenbar-East Ballina occupy sixth place after accounting for eighth-placed South Tweed while Southern Districts remain in seventh spot despite being upset by Lennox Head, who moved into ninth spot with their third win of the season.
Brunswick-Byron are 11th, one place ahead of Lismore Workers while Murwillumbah and Pottsville, without a win to their credit, remain anchored at the bottom of the ladder.