Norths make statement with big win over Brothers
CRICKET: Despite being the team to beat in Bundaberg cricket, Norths refuse to believe they can go all the way in Division 1.
In their best performance of the season so far against the in-form Brothers, Norths bowlers stole the show.
Bowling first at Salter Oval, they decimated the Brothers batting line-up to have them all out for just 64 in 21 overs.
Led by Todd McNamee, Ryan Paul and Julian Bond, who combined for nine wickets, Norths took seven for five in seven overs as the middle order of Brothers collapsed.
In reply, Norths scored the runs in 11 overs to remain at the top.
Leading the run chase with 35, captain Todd Sommerfeld returned in the perfect way after a hamstring injury.
Getting through the match with no dramas, he was pleased with his side's bowling effort.
"Our bowling was on song," he said.
"Todd McNamee was the pick of the bowling and he did really well."
With every other team now looking at Norths as the best team in the competition, Sommerfeld was quick to disagree.
"There's a long way to go," he said.
"We're definitely happy though we are at the top and it is a great boost to our youngsters."
Hoping to erase the contest from his memory, Brothers captain Simon Gills said it was a bad day at the office for his side.
"It was pretty ordinary," he said.
"We didn't put a price on our wicket and we paid the price.
"We aren't going to drop our bundle though and aim to bounce back next week."
Gills said despite the loss Sam Pearson played well.
Brothers will play Past Highs this week with Norths to face The Waves.
North 3/66 (T Sommerfeld 35, J Bond 15*, S Rose 5*, D McAlpine 2-1-9-1, M Parsons 3-1-16-1, S Pearson 6-0-20-1) def Brothers 64 (S. Kelly 22, J Welsh 17, L Solano 9, T McNamee 5-3-5-4, R Paul 6-0-19-3, J Bond 5-1-14-2)