Cudgen wins the T20 cricket crown
CUDGEN has taken out the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Twenty20 cricket final after a narrow win over Tweed rivals Pottsville at Fripp Oval, Ballina, on Sunday night.
All-rounder Connor Ziebell and fast bowler Tim Spencer guided Cudgen home in the final over with the winning runs coming on the second last ball.
Earlier, Pottsville set a target of 138 with a well-worked half century from top-order batsman Arren Laycock.
It looked like it might have been enough before opening batsmen Caleb Ziebell Ziebell (40) and Heath Wilson (41) laid a solid platform for the Cudgen tailenders to finish the job.
"Connor has been telling me all year he's a batting all-rounder and there might be a bit of truth to that after the way he played (on Sunday),” Cudgen captain Jamie Wilson said.
"He has a really come of age in the Twenty20 competition and he has been brilliant for us over the past couple of weeks.
"He's only 20 and we're in a bit of a transition phase this season, with some younger boys coming in to join the older guys.
"So it's great to see a young guy like him come in and make the step up with some much confidence.
"Timmy Spencer has dreamed about hitting winning runs in that sort of game and he had to settle for a leg bye but we'll take it.
"It's a pretty special moment and it's really enjoyable to get a win like that.”
For Pottsville it was a return to the finals fold and the team showed it has the potential to push for the two-day premiership next month.
Laycock has played for Cudgen in the past while all-rounder Tait Burns is also in Pottsville colours this season.
"Pottsville are really starting to improve and good on them for that because it's a great thing for Tweed cricket,” Wilson said.
"They've got a couple of our guys from a few years ago so there's a rivalry there but I think it brings the best out in everyone.”
Cudgen will host Pottsville at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, when the two-day competition resumes on Saturday.