ATW and Norths players pay their respects to cricketer Phillip Hughes at Salter Oval on Friday evening with a minute silence before the match. Photo: contributed
ATW and Norths players pay their respects to cricketer Phillip Hughes at Salter Oval on Friday evening with a minute silence before the match. Photo: contributed contributed

Bundaberg cricketers honour Phillip Hughes

IT WAS a sombre occasion at Salter Oval at the weekend as teams paused to pay tribute to cricketer Phillip Hughes.

Hughes died last week at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney where he had been in intensive care since being hit at the base of the skull while batting for South Australia on day one of a Sheffield Shield match against his home state New South Wales on Tuesday.

On Friday night Across The Waves met Norths in a Division 1 Twenty20 match before backing up the next following day for its Sugar Cities competition clash against Past Highs.

ATW won both matches.

While captain Sean Stuchbery was pleased with the results all talk leading up to the match revolved around Hughes.

"At both games we had a minute silence and everyone wore black armbands," he said.

"After we had that minute silence we looked around at each other and I can't speak for the others, but you take it all in and think in this environment if it happened right now you just couldn't imagine it.

"The players that went through that down there would be going through hell. It must be awful."

ATW batted first in the Twenty20 match and posted a score of 9-134 with Stuchbery top scoring for his team with 30 runs.

In reply, Norths were all out for 85 runs thanks to superb bowling from Rhys Grills (3-17) and Mitch Waters (2-11) doing the damage early and leaving Norths little chance to recover.

In Saturday's Sugar Cities game saw ATW broke a three-match losing streak to keep its finals hopes alive thanks again to a clinical bowling display on a green wicket that restricted Past Highs to 117 runs, which ATW had no trouble chasing down.

"We are happy to get back to winning after losing a few," he said.

"We just went back to basics and that's what worked for us."

If ATW win against Norths on Saturday at Salter Oval it will be assured a spot in the grand final.

Meanwhile, Past Grammars continued its surge towards a grand final berth in the Sugar Cities competition with a crucial bonus point win against Norths in Maryborough and a victory against competition leaders Brothers this weekend at home will secure a grand final spot.

In the Division 1 Twenty20 round Past High v Brothers at Salter Oval on Friday night from 6 o'clock.
 



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