One-day wonders Cudgen sets sights on two-day conquest
CUDGEN continued its stranglehold in finals with back-to-back wins in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League one-day final against Marist Brothers at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Top-order batsman Alec Williams led the way, scoring 57 runs as Cudgen set a target of 219.
Fast bowler Chris Moase helped seal the win, taking 3-24 when Brothers’ were bowled out for 148 in reply.
Williams is having his best year in the top grade and scored his first ton against Pottsville earlier this season while Moase has now taken more than 150 wickets for Cudgen.
Other players are also starting to shine in a side where Michael Anderson, Tait Burns, James Julius, Craig Wilson, Terry Wilson and Caleb Ziebell have dominated in recent years.
“Alec Williams stepped up and produced a great innings,” Cudgen captain Terry Wilson said.
“We had Callum Gall get a quick-fire 45 and Connor Ziebell scored 30 runs.
“Once we got over 200 I was pretty confident we could go on with it.
“Chris (Moase) has been around for a number of years and he bowled the perfect line and length.
“It definitely forced the batsmen into playing shots.
“The boys are really happy with this one because they’ve had the upper-hand on us recently.”
Cudgen also won the two-day final last summer and are in the box seat to defend the premiership next month.
They are currently 10 points clear at the top of the ladder after an outright win against Alstonville at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the one-day final will be a learning curve for Brothers’ who played its first final in six years.
They are currently fourth on the ladder for two-day games and should make the semi-finals.
“They have a decent young team and there is plenty of good things ahead for them,” Wilson said.
“Our focus now is the next three games and getting a home semi-final.”
Lennox Head 57
Tintenbar-East Ballina 57
Marist Brothers 50
Ballina Bears 39
Casino Cavaliers 23