FINAL FOUR: All-rounder Travis Clarke was one of only four players from the first round who played in the FNC LJ Hooker League two-day final against Cudgen.
FINAL FOUR: All-rounder Travis Clarke was one of only four players from the first round who played in the FNC LJ Hooker League two-day final against Cudgen. Patrick Gorbunovs

Cricket: Four make it to the final for Lennox Head

ONLY four players that started the season with Lennox Head turned out for the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket two-day final against Cudgen at the weekend.

Adam Armistead, Travis Clarke, Todd Fisher and captain Andrew Lindsay were the only ones left from the team who beat Alstonville in the first round of the competition in October.

It was a brave effort from the Pirates who bowled well in the final restricting Cudgen to 259 before they capitulated on the second day when they were bowled out for 102.

Clarke started the season batting at No 8 but opened the batting in the final with Sam Lucas, Lewin Maladay and Daniel Emms all missing from the top order.

English all-rounder Adam Huxtable looked promising before he went home while other players moved away or returned to the lower grades during the season.

Coach Paul Everingham played this season before picking up an injury while behind the stumps at wicket keeper.

"Realistically we probably did well to make it as far as we did," Lindsay said.

"Some guys will say they've had enough after losing the final but I'm sure we'll be able to pull a few out of retirement next season."

Cudgen did not lose a game after December 19 with top-order batsman Tait Burns scoring back-to-back centuries before the final.

New ball bowler James Julius finished the season with 30 wickets after a four-wicket haul in the final.

Cudgen were well into Mad Monday yesterday and already look set for next season.

"I can't honestly see any real changes in this team," captain Terry Wilson said.

"Obviously we want to look after our juniors coming through and we'll be careful how we manage that."



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