DOWN TO THE WIRE: Norths win on final ball
CRICKET: Last year's form is back for Norths in Bundaberg cricket.
The side won its fourth division 1 premiership in the past 15 months by claiming back-to-back T20 titles over The Waves on Friday night.
Norths won on the final ball of the contest after The Waves couldn't chase down the 8/167 set by the defending premiers.
The Waves, needing five runs, could only get two as they made 5/165 in reply.
"Getting the T20 cup back at Norths is great,” Norths captain Todd Sommerfeld said.
"We got off to a good start, the top order got some quality runs which set ourselves up well.”
Batting first, Norths Kye Leggett top scored with 56 and was joined by Matt Frost with 25.
The Waves in reply lost two early wickets before Tim McIntosh (54) and Brendan Schultz (50*) almost guided the side to the win as Norths dropped catches to claim the duo.
Norths almost paid the full price but held with tight bowling from spinner Bruce Worthington in the final three overs and the wicket of McIntosh with the penultimate delivery of the contest.
"At least you know with Bruce he is going to do a job for you,” Sommerfeld said.
"He's probably the best spinner in the competition.
"Our fielding wasn't up to scratch and we will work on it during the week.”
The Waves captain Luke Owen said Norths deserved to win and said the sides bowling and fielding in the first 10 overs cost them the win.
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