FORCE: Ryan Paul bowls for Norths in their division one match against Past Highs at Salter Oval.
FORCE: Ryan Paul bowls for Norths in their division one match against Past Highs at Salter Oval. Paul Donaldson BUN040217CRIC4

Norths qualify for final and secure minor premiership

CRICKET: Norths have one hand on the division one cricket title after qualifying for next month's grand final.

On Saturday the side defeated Past Highs to wrap up the minor premiership and confirm their spot in the decider.

They also remained unbeaten in 16 straight games.

Batting first contributions by Kye Leggett (44) and Matt Frost (38) helped the side post a score of 218 from their 40 overs.

In reply, after losing early wickets, Past Highs fell short by 77 runs as they made 141.

Norths player Shaun Rose said it was a great team effort to get the result.

"The pleasing thing was that everybody contributed,” he said.

"We missed Todd (Sommerfeld), Shannon (Smith) and Bruce (Worthington) in the match so it was good to see other players stand up.”

But Rose wasn't entirely happy.

"Our fielding wasn't up to scratch,” he said.

"We didn't catch well but our fielding off the ground was good.”

Now the minor premiers the side said it was a good reward for the hard work they have put in all year.

"It's a good achievement and shows the consistency of the side,” he said.

"Now we want to win the big dance and take the title.”

Norths will now prepare to do that in the next three games.

"We want to continue our good form,” Rose said.

"We're going to make sure everyone is fit so we will rest players with niggles if necessary.”

Norths will now play Brothers this week.

The other match between Brothers and The Waves was postponed because of the race day at Thabeban Park last Saturday.

The game will now be played on Sunday, February 19.



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