SHARP EDGE: Norths' Andrew McKay in action earlier this season at Kendalls Flat. The side plays Brothers today.
SHARP EDGE: Norths' Andrew McKay in action earlier this season at Kendalls Flat. The side plays Brothers today. Paul Donaldson BUN230917CRIC8

It's do or die for Norths

CRICKET: Norths captain Todd Sommerfeld admits this season could be classified as disappointing if they lose today.

The defending division-one cricket champions will clash with Brothers in the semi-finals for the chance to take on The Waves in the decider next week.

Last season Norths won all three titles, taking out the NewsMail Cup and the T20 title along with the Div 1 premiership.

A loss today would only give the side one this season.

"You could say that it would be disappointing (if we lost),” Sommerfeld said.

"We're a strong squad and we've only won one title against The Waves in T20.

"It's do or die this weekend and we really want two titles.”

Norths head into the semi with a solid record against Brothers this season.

The side has won three of the four matches played, including an eight-wicket win in January.

Sommerfeld said the focus would be on repeating trying to restrict the Brothers batting.

"They've got good batting with Jarrod Laycock and Simon Kelly in the team,” he said.

"We'll focus on them but focus on the other players aswell.”

Sommerfeld said the team wouldn't be at full strength but was confident of getting the win.

Brothers will also be focusing on its batting, conceding that it has cost them recently against better teams.

"We've been fairly strong against Norths with the ball,” Brothers coach John Howard said.

"The Brothers line-up can bat deep but we need our top eight to contribute to make a decent score.”

The side will have to win without a few players who are out with commitments.

Howard said this had allowed a youngster to make his debut.

"Eddie Ryan will play his first division-one game today,” he said.

"We wouldn't pick him if we didn't think he was ready.

"We're giving him a chance and we hope he finds his feet and gains valuable experience.”

The final starts today at 12.30pm.



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