Cavalier performance not enough
MIKE Gessey and Tony Franklin were the stars as Norths put it together in their Bundaberg-Fraser Coast League third-round clash with Cavaliers on Saturday.
But their heroics were not quite enough as they went down fighting by three wickets to the Hervey Bay side.
Still, after some maulings in their first five games back in top grade after a long absence, it gave them great heart and the performance is something to build on.
Batting first, Norths made a steady start, progressing to 40 in the 10th over, but they lost their three batting trumps Shaun Rose, Ricky Rochford and Michael Ryan in a collapse of 3-3.
But they recovered to post a competitive 8-161 from their 40 overs, thanks mainly to an unbeaten 49 by No. 5 Gessey and 25 from first drop Franklin.
In reply, Cavaliers were cruising at 0-87 after openers Josh Dugdale and Andrew Pyne laid the platform with 43 and 41 respectively, but Franklin removed both of them, as well as No. 4 Edgar Wyvill in a six-ball burst of 3-3.
Wickets continued to fall and at 7-143, the game was still in the balance, but ultimately No. 5 Greg Knott carried the visitors home with more than three overs to spare with an unconquered 38.
Franklin finished with thefigures of 3-18 from four overs.
Hervey Bay Mariners also posted their first win in the competition, defeating Australs in the one all-Fraser Coast game.
Norths, Australs and Country/Wests, who had the bye, are the only teams yet to post their first win in the combined competition.
At the other end of the table, Brothers and Across The Waves could be on track for an all-Bundaberg final after each made it three wins from three games.
They scored in-the-end convincing wins over Fraser Coast flag-bearers Past Grammars and Bushrangers respectively.
Grammars have three Wide Bay Schaeffer Shield stars in Brad Wex, Sam Chew and Ashley Renouf, but Brothers got home on the back of a blazing unbeaten 142 from Jarrod Laycock, three early wickets to Duane Dredge and four wickets from captain David Boge.
Sean Stuchbery bagged five wickets for ATW after English import Oliver Hardaker led their batting charge with 60.
Cavaliers 7-163 (Dugdale 43, Pyne 41, Knox 38no, Franklin 4-0-18-3) d Norths 8-161 (Gessey 49no, Franklin 25, S Bird 4-0-19-3, Jamie Walker 6-1-29-2).
Brothers 8-228 (Laycock 142no, Luke Beatty 8-0-88-3, Ashley Renouf 8-1-29-2) d Past Grammars 127 (Beatty 42, Boge 4.3-0-34-4, Dredge 5-1-19-3)
ATW 7-180 (Hardaker 60, Trent Prossliner 33, Shane Muller 8-2-27-4) d Bushrangers 121 (Jordan Darlington 37, Stuchbery 8-1-28-5, Trent Prossliner 7-3-15-3)
Mariners 5-147 (David Abel 43no) d Australs 144 (Mat Rook 35, Maloney 4-24)