Cricket - Casino Cavaliers v Cudgen
Cricket - Casino Cavaliers v Cudgen JAY CRONAN

Cavs put paid to Cudgen

A DEFIANT batting performance has put the Casino Cavaliers into their fourth consecutive Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket final.

Half-centuries from Sam Irvine and Sam Dietrich batted Cudgen out of the game on the first day.

Third-placed Cudgen made the trip south to take on the Cavaliers and in hindsight made a fatal error before a ball had been bowled, winning the toss and sending Casino in to bat.

And bat they did – Casino went to stumps on Saturday at 8-280, leaving Cudgen with little chance of advancing to the final because they needed to win the match.

The Cavaliers bowling attack had been their standout weapon through the season, but this time it was Irvine (74), Dietrich (72) and Rodney Wells (43) who won the match with their bats.

The Cavs were delighted to be through to another final.

“We were solid early and then just batted them out of the game,” Irvine said.

Irvine said his players were aided by a batsman friendly wicket, which made Cudgen’s decision to field seem obscure.

“The wicket was perfect to bat on as you can see by the scores,” he said.

“We were patient early and then we really cashed in after tea when they took that second new ball and the runs started to flow.”

The visitors finally got a chance to bat yesterday but made little impression with the weight of a 300-run target too much.

With Casino’s four-man pace battery hogging the wickets all season it was off-spinner Michael Wood who stepped up and made sure any hope Cudgen may have had was short-lived.

Wood, who had previously taken nine wickets all season, bamboozled the panicked visitors to record figures of 5-17.

“That is as good as I have seen him bowl in a while,” Irvine said

The Cavs were receiving updates from the other semi-final between Ballina Bears and Marist Brothers all day, and had expected a final re-match with Bears.

“The bonus that comes with Marist Brothers getting up is that we get to host the final,” Irvine said.

The final will be played at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, this Saturday and Sunday.

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