Big test for resurgent Brothers
MARIST Brothers will face its toughest test of the season against competition leaders Cudgen in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at Oakes Oval, Lismore, today.
Brothers have been the big improvers and sit second on the ladder after six rounds of one-day games.
Two-day games begin this weekend with Cudgen unbeaten and in the box seat to defend its title in both formats of the competition.
"Brothers are looking good and they always have a go against us," Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.
"We're happy with where we're at and it has been a good run for us so far.
"Craig Wilson was a major loss and we've been a bit unstructured with fielding different teams.
"But Alec Williams has gone to a different level this season and Tait Burns is still one of the best batsmen in the competition.
"Guys like Doug Potter and Jesse Harrington have stepped up and scored 50s."
Brothers have done well after losing top-order batsman Luke Cleaver and all-rounder Jeremy Cowin who both captained the side last season.
New captain Brad Cleaver is having a big season with the bat along with opening partner Ashley Simes.
Brothers were one of the only teams to beat Cudgen in two-day competition last summer and did so in a 5-run thriller at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
"The competition will be tight again this season," Wilson said.
"Casino probably doesn't deserve to be at the bottom of the ladder and they could beat anyone on their day.
"This is definitely shaping as a danger game for us."
In other games, Tintenbar-East Ballina hosts Ballina Bears in the local derby at Kingsford Smith Park.
Casino Cavaliers take on Lennox Head at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
And Alstonville is at home against Pottsville at Hill Park, Wollongbar.
Cudgen 39 Marist Brothers 33 Tintenbar-East Ballina 31 Ballina Bears 28 Lennox Head 27 Pottsville 22 Alstonville 11 Casino Cavaliers 6