CRICKET: The equation for Norths is simple in theory.
To snatch a place in the semi-final, they must beat Brothers in their last-round two-day clash at Salter Oval which starts tomorrow and also rely on Across The Waves scoring an expected win over Country/Wests.
Waves lead on 74.97 points and a first innings win would be enough for them to end Brothers' run of 13 straight minor premierships, while Brothers are on 62.92 with Country on 38.10 and Norths on 33.40.
But Norths captain Mick Ryan, who will miss at least the first week of the game, said they should have beaten Waves last week, instead of losing by seven runs, with dropped catches costing them the upset of the season, and they were determined to go one better.
"Everyone was pretty shattered by the loss - we dropped several catches, some sitters, including Trent Prossliner just before he hit a four and a six and it was a game we should have won - we knew our season was on the line - that's how we went into it to make something of it," Ryan said.
"We've been whipping boys all year but are only four points from third spot but we are still keen to make the finals and stake our claim from there."
Ryan said player/coach and gun fast bowler Boyd Williams had been struggling with a knee injury but would play if he was fit.
"But even if he does not play, our bowling attack is still very good - Brendan Edwards (who claimed five wickets against Waves in just his second game for the club ) is a very useful addition for us and hopefully the Bundaberg rep team in the future," he said.
"We've also got (Paul) Jagger and Liam (Denning) and with Bruce Worthington back after he broke his hand before Christmas, it gives us a spinning option.
"Our batting has let us down all year but it was very good against Waves and the partnerships gave us a chance, and hopefully we can repeat that, but we haven't beaten Brothers yet and it will be tough."
Meanwhile, Bundaberg continued its junior domination by beating hosts Gympie in all five divisions on Sunday.
In U-14, Andrew Porter led the batting charge with an unconquered 48, while Matt Downie and James Fitzpatrick were the destroyers with the ball with 4-1 and 3-9 respectively.
Joe Williams was also outstanding in U-13 with 4-6.
Tennis ace Brendon Schultz produced a dynamic double of an unbeaten 26 and 3-3 in U-12.
U-16: Bundaberg 187 (Patrick Turner 53, William Holloway 28, Zach Gagen 9-1-42-4, Nick Lynam 6.1-0-24-3) d Gympie 130 (Nick Lynam 39, Deon Mann 6-2-21-3, Mitch Harney 4-2-4-2, Trent Seeds 3-0-9-2).
U-14: Bundaberg 5-233 (Andrew Porter 48ret, Jayden Grogan 41ret, Joel Saunders 28ret, Jesse Richardson 20ret, Jarrod Darrach 8-1-29-2) d Gympie 51 (Jarrod Darrach 24, Matt Downie 2.5-1-1-4, James Fitzpatrick 4-1-9-3).
U-13: Bundaberg 7-169 (Kye Leggett 31ret, Dylan Sears 18ret, Jake Vidler 8-2-13-2) d Gympie 45 (Joe Williams 4-0-6-4, Elliott Hoffmann 4-1-5-3, Dylan Sears 4-2-8-2) & 3-29 (Kieran Wallwork 3-0-6-2).
U-12: Bundaberg 129 (Brendon Schultz 26ret, Jaden Bond 19, Leo Cartwright 5-0-17-2, Zac Skyring 4-1-17-2) d Gympie 80 (Schultz 3-0-3-3, Bailey Bartolo 3-1-4-2).
U-11: Bundaberg 5-187 (Harry Neubecker 24ret, Brock Catasti 18ret, Vincent Knight 17ret, Angus Harper 16) d Gympie 8-67 (Zac Laybutt 4-1-4-2, Catasti 4-1-7-2).