Tamworth batsman Tait Burns drives through the covers in the Country Cup Final at Ellem Oval
Tamworth batsman Tait Burns drives through the covers in the Country Cup Final at Ellem Oval Adam Hourigan Photography

Cudgen sets sights on next title

CUDGEN will set its sights on winning the triple crown of cricket after they beat Tintenbar-East Ballina in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League one-day final on Sunday.

They won the Twenty-20 final late last year and are the defending premiers in the two-day format.

Fast bowlers Michael Anderson and James Julius ripped through the Tintenbar batting card bowling them all out for 50 at the weekend.

They wasted no time chasing the runs needing just seven overs to finish 1-56 in the nine-wicket win.

Cudgen were heavy favourites going into the game but even captain Terry Wilson was surprised with the demolition job.

"It was just one of those days where everything went our way and nothing went right for them,” Wilson said.

"The wicket wasn't bad or anything like that, we were just fortunate that we took every opportunity that popped up.

"Tintenbar have some really good players and we were expecting it to be a tough one.

"It was almost a perfect performance and it's awesome to win another final at home.”

Cudgen beat Lennox Head in the two-day final in similar fashion last year before accounting for Ballina Bears in the Twenty20 final in November.

Wilson paid tribute to Anderson and Julius who have been a key part of their success for a number of years now.

"Our fast bowlers have been vital to our success and those guys showed what they're capable of,” Wilson said.

"We've got some hard games coming up that we have to stay focussed for.”



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