Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Cudgen Strike Top Form

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Cudgen Strike Top Form

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Byline: Bob Anthony

CUDGEN have climbed to fourth spot on the competition ladder after a comfortable five-wicket win over South Tweed Colts in their limited-overs clash at Dave Burns Field on Saturday.

Chasing a moderate Colts total of 156, Cudgen reached the target in the 32nd over to finish at 5-159.

"We set ourselves a goal of trying to keep them down to 160 and managed to bowl them out for 156," Wilson said.

"It was a good all-round effort from our bowlers.

"Our batsmen managed to post some runs with opener Craig Wilson taking it on himself to keep the scoreboard ticking over."

The win ensures Cudgen a spot in the top four with six rounds of the regular season remaining but Wilson has his sights set on a top-two berth.

"We always set ourselves a goal of being in the top four and next week we play Tintenbar and have a chance to climb higher," he said.

Tintenbar are third on the ladder after Lennox Head were upset by Brunswick-Byron and slipped to a share of fifth spot alongside Terranora.

Ballina, who thumped Murwillumbah by 89 runs at the weekend, continue to lead the competition with reigning champions Casino a close second.

Colts are languishing in ninth spot after being upstaged at home on Saturday.

"We got off to a shaky start which seems to be a problem for us this season," Colts captain Alex Rigby said.

"Our top order has struggled for consistency and again that happened and we had to rely on our middle order to bring us back into the game."

Steve Hilder tried his best to salvage the innings with an unbeaten 41 but the total was never going to be enough.

"Our bowlers couldn't settle early but did manage to come back later in the Cudgen innings but by then the damage was done," said Rigby who finished with 2-35

Allrounder Craig Wilson, who had earlier claimed 3-27, led the way for the visitors with a fine 56 as Cudgen secured the points with eight overs to spare. …

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