Minor premiers Cudal have the Wood on Molong but not the silverware

COUNTRY CHAMPIONS: John Mulhall sends one down in his Country side’s MDCA title win last weekend. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDDESPITE a timely Cudal fightback, inspired by hard-hitting all-rounder Luke Wood, Molong Country held on to claim the 2015-16 Molong District Cricket Association premiership in a nail-biter at the Dr Ross Memorial Recreation Ground last weekend.
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Chasing Molong Country’s 5-172, minor premiers Cudal was languishing in the middle stages of its dig, needing upward of 10 an over with a touch over 10 overs to go.

Enter Wood.

Wood smashed a quick-fire 46, including a number of huge sixes, to pull the required run rate back to a run a ball with only a few overs to go before he was dismissed, and Cudal ultimately needed nine from Trent Frazer’s final set.

They could only manage two though, as Frazer (4-32) finished off a strong individual performance with the ball to seal victory for Country.

“It went right down to the wire, it normally does against Cudal,” Frazer said.

“It was a good game of cricket really. We were pretty confident in those middle overs, but then Luke Wood smashed it around and got them right back in it.

“I actually thought we were buggered when they needed about a run a ball, but luckily we got over the line.”

Batting first on a somewhat green Dr Ross Memorial Recreation Ground strip, Country skipper Nigel Brazier (60) did the bulk of the damage while Frazer (26), Andrew Heath (24), John Mulhall (23) and Damien Hayes (23 not out) chipped in with starts.

Steve Fairley (2-35) and Troy Adams (2-34) both took multiple scalps, with Luke Wood (1-29) snaring the other as the minor premiers restricted Country to a gettable 5-172.

Fortunately for Country, the total was also very defendable.

Josh Dunn (38) andAndrew Smith (38) kept the scoreboard ticking over in Cudal’s dig before Wood exploded, but with Frazer snaring four and Brazier (2-38) and Jock Haynes (2-22) also taking multiple scalps the minor premiers fell seven runs short.

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