Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Murwillumbah in the Hunt for Points

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Murwillumbah in the Hunt for Points

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Byline: BOB ANTHONY

THE sole Tweed derby match in round three of the LJ Hooker League has seen Murwillumbah on target to claim first innings points after day one of their two-day match against Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval at Pottsville.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, but with the exit of opener Nick Watt for four and the score just 13, Pottsville struggled to build any partnerships against the Murwillumbah attack.

Pottsville was dismissed for 98 off just 42.4 overs with Tate Burns-Vickery top scoring with 26.

For Murwillumbah, the wickets were shared with JJ Chowdery claiming 3-16 off seven overs, Aaron Chapman also bagging three wickets with 3-19 off 14.4 overs and captain Paul Dhillon adding three wickets to his season tallying with 3-45 off 15 overs.

In reply, Murwillumbah were closing in on the Pottsville total and at stumps were 3-91.

Opener Troy Singh made a solid 29 before being dismissed and despite and couple of cheap wickets, the visitors saw Brent Murray on four and Aaron Chapman 29 looking to take up the chase next weekend.

For Pottsville, Aaron Laycock took two wickets with the figures of 2-18 off eight overs.

At Reg Dalton Field, Kingscliff, the match between Cudgen and Ballina is delicately poised with the home side still with some work to do to claim first innings points.

At stumps after day one, Cudgen were 5-93 in reply to Ballina's first innings total of 152.

Cudgen won the toss and immediately gained the upper hand thanks to an outstanding bowling performance by Michael Anderson who ended the day with the figures of 6-30 off just 10.2 overs which included three maidens.

Anderson now has 10 wickets from just two matches.

With Anderson spearheading the Cudgen attack, the home side had the visitors in dire straights at 4-24 before Ballina rallied and their middle order staged a fightback to at least give their bowlers a target to work with.

In reply, Cudgen's run chase got off to a shaky start with openers Craig and Jordyn Wilson dismissed cheaply and at 2-22, the hosts were looking to someone to build a partnership.

Heath Wilson steadied the ship with 20 before some more quick wickets had Cudgen in trouble at 5-56. …

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