Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Oscar's no grouch!

BYRON BAY all-rounder Oscar Langoulant has fired a few warning shots ahead of his side's Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-final against Cudgen this weekend.

Langoulant hopes to take the crowd at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, out of the equation and concentrate on cricket.

"It got heated up there last time and it should be the same again," Langoulant said.

"They have a bit of a following and some of the sledging from the crowd was the worst I've ever seen in competitive sport.

"I'm happy to call them out on that too."

Langoulant, 24, played all his junior cricket in Perth and came to Byron Bay to live with family last year.

He scored two half-centuries this season and has taken 23 wickets.

The confident all-rounder has been playing since the age of eight and attended the Kent Street boarding school for cricket when he was a teenager.

Langoulant believes his side can get past the minor premiers after qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time since Brunswick-Byron made the final in the 1999-2000 season.

"I think it would be silly for them to look past us," Langoulant said.

"If (Michael) Anderson doesn't fire with the ball they might not have the depth with their batting.

"We want to make the final and show everyone we deserve to be here."

This weekend could be Langoulant's last game on the FNC - he plans to play winter competition in Darwin before moving to either Melbourne or Sydney to play grade cricket.

Cudgen finished one point clear of Ballina Bears to take the minor premiership with Byron Bay 11 points back in fourth.

The last time they played in a two-day match Cudgen walked away winners but lost on the first innings.

"It was a funny game; both sides won a day," Langoulant said.

"I'd love to win a competition with these guys.

"You never forget the names of the guys who you win a final with."

Langoulant believes a mix of experience and talented teenagers coming through has helped them succeed this season.

Tobyn Burvill, Mitchell Barnes, Sebastian Campbell and Stephen Daniels have all been standouts.

"We've had kids who are 14 and 15 that have come in during the year and done the job," Langoulant said.

"James Barnes has helped these guys all year and kept the team together.

"I hope I can leave the club in good stead and these guys will be around for the years to come."

The other semi-final this weekend is between Ballina Bears and Tintenbar-East Ballina at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

Final points

  • Cudgen 73 
  • Ballina Bears 72 
  • Tintenbar-East Ballina 66 
  • Byron Bay 61
  • Alstonville 58 
  • Casino Cavaliers 55 
  • Marist Brothers 55
  • Pottsville 46 
  • Terranora Lakes 41 
  • Lennox Head 30 
  • Murwillumbah 15


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