Brothers end Cudgen’s run
MARIST Brothers have started the new year in style, retaining their place in the top four of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket by knocking off the previously undefeated Cudgen away from home.
Brothers set Cudgen a solid total of 185, but the previous competition pacesetters looked to be cruising at 3-106 before a double bowling change undid its middle-order.
Adam Thompson (3-22) removed Heath Wilson (34) and Craig Wilson (15), who had added 50 for the fourth wicket, then medium-pacer Ben Cooper (3-13) followed up with three quick wickets to reduce Cudgen to 8-120 and all but seal the victory.
Brothers captain Craig Ferguson (32) was pleased with the win, which he attributed partly to the lower order batting – Joe Allen top-scored with 36 batting at No 8.
“We had to battle with the bat,” Ferguson said.
“We lost four wickets in the space of about six or eight balls in the middle there, so luckily the boys down the order did the job.”
Ferguson and his mates look forward to taking on new competition leaders and defending premiers Ballina Bears at Nielson Park, East Lismore, next weekend.