AT RIGHT: Cudgen wicket keeper-batsman Doug Potter is leaving the team for a new job at Dubbo.
AT RIGHT: Cudgen wicket keeper-batsman Doug Potter is leaving the team for a new job at Dubbo. Adam Hourigan

Popular Potter leaves Cudgen cricket club

CUDGEN farewelled popular wicket keeper-batsman Doug Potter with a win over Marist Brothers in a Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket two-day game at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

Potter has been a regular at Cudgen for the past seven seasons and won multiple premierships at the club.

He finishes with 93 games under his belt and has been a consistent performer with the bat in the middle order.

Potter is moving back to Narromine, where he went to high school, and is taking a council job at Dubbo, managing cricket fields and other sport fields.

Despite losing Potter and top-order batsman Tait Burns this season, Cudgen has recruited well with the the return of opening batsman Heath Wilson and former NSW Country all-rounder Pat Rosser.

Wilson top scored with 79 against Brothers before Cudgen declared at 8-231 close to stumps on Saturday.

Marist Brothers grinded their way through rain delays on Sunday but were eventually bowled out for 186.

Brothers all-rounder Kaleb Auld had a big weekend with a five-wicket haul and scored 57 in the middle order.

Cudgen fast bowler James Julius took four wickets while all-rounder Caleb Ziebell contributed with 41 runs from opening bat.

In other games, Ballina Bears captain Luke Hall top scored with 87 runs in a hard-fought win over the improved Casino RSM Cavaliers at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

Hall won the toss and sent Casino into bat with top order batsman Sam Dietrich leading the way for his side with a well-worked 109.

He formed a 135-run partnership with talented teenager Tim Martin who scored 54 before the Cavaliers finished 9-266 at stumps.

Bears opener Lee Barnett (46) and top order batsman Justin Moore (38) made handy contributions for Ballina as they went on to win with two wickets and six overs to spare.

Elsewhere, Lennox Head top order batsman Toby Leeds scored 122 not out when the Pirates thumped Alstonville by 201-runs at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

In the other games, Murwillumbah and Tintenbar-East Ballina shared the points after the game at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah, was washed out before a ball was bowled Saturday.

There is a competition bye this weekend before Lennox Head takes on Cudgen in the final round before the Christmas break.

Cudgen will go into the game understrength, with at least five players in the Northern Rivers Rock Twenty20 representative team.

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