BIG HITTER: File photo of Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell who scored 87 not out in the FNC LJ Hooker League T20 final.
BIG HITTER: File photo of Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell who scored 87 not out in the FNC LJ Hooker League T20 final. Photo: Cathryn McLauchlan

Cudgen wants the triple treat

CUDGEN has added another feather to its cap by taking out the inaugural Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Twenty20 cricket competition at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

They are the defending premiers in the one-day and two-day format and a big chance at winning all three this season.

"There is a lot to play for this year and plenty of motivation to win all three,” Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.

"A lot of hard work has gone into this team and we've done well to keep a core group of players together over the past few seasons.”

All-rounder Caleb Ziebell scored 87 not out to lead his side to a win against Ballina Bears in the T20 final on Sunday.

He was well supported by top-order batsman Alec Williams (42) as Cudgen finished 2-162.

Ballina were determined to make a game of it with captain Justin Moore scoring 45 runs from opening bat.

All-rounder Ben Carruthers contributed with 38 before Bears fell short at 5-145 after 20 overs.

Wilson was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets while he also paid tribute to Anthony Kershler.

Kershler is a former New South Wales spin bowler who is playing his first season at the club after moving to the area recently.

"Ballina were definitely in it and it was Anthony Kershler who changed the momentum of the game,” Wilson said.

"Two of his overs only went for one run and we worked really hard to peg them back at that point.

"Anthony is still a very handy cricketer and we're fortunate to have him in this team.

"It all came about with his family moving to Casuarina earlier in the year and his son playing juniors here.”

Earlier, Cudgen beat Alstonville in the semi-final with Williams again performing with the bat top-scoring with 43 while fast bowler James Julius took three wickets.



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