SEMI SERIOUS: Daniel Emms batting for Lennox Head yesterday during the Hooker League semi-final against Ballina Bears at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina. Bears won to advance to the final against Cudgen next weekend.
SEMI SERIOUS: Daniel Emms batting for Lennox Head yesterday during the Hooker League semi-final against Ballina Bears at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina. Bears won to advance to the final against Cudgen next weekend. Nolan Verheij-Full

Bears to face Cudgen in cricket final at Kingscliff

CUDGEN will host the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket final against Ballina Bears after rain-affected semi-finals at the weekend.

The final will be played at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff,on Saturday and Sunday.

Batting first in their semi-final, Cudgen scored 264 and when rain prevented any further play yesterday, Tintenbar-East Ballina was 2-102 in reply.

With the match drawn, minor premiers Cudgen qualified for the final at the expense of the 'Bar, which had finished fourth.

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In the other semi, second-placed Ballina Bears (170) defeated the third-placed Lennox Head (130) at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, a ground that normally has a true wicket and fast outfield.

But the wet weather changed all that and Bears sneaked through in a low-scoring encounter.

This will be the first time Cudgen and Bears have played the final, although between them they have been premiers for the past three seasons - Cudgen in 2012-13 and Bears in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

But they have clashed three times in semi-finals since the Tweed teams entered the competition in 2007-08.

Bears won in 2008-09 before beating the Casino Cavaliers in the final; Cudgen won in 2010-11 before losing to the Cavaliers in the final; and Bears won last season before beating Lennox in the final.

Cudgen have never failed to at least make the semis and in that time Bears have missed only once, back in 2007-08.



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