NORTHS RULE AGAIN: Side wins premiership
CRICKET: "Looking back on my career it's one of the best innings I've played.”
Leading your side to victory as captain is the stuff dreams are made of whenever you play sport.
Norths' Todd Sommerfeld got to turn that dream into reality on Sunday, guiding his side to back-to-back titles in division 1 of Bundaberg cricket.
The captain, coming in at 6/88, scored an unbeaten 39 to lead to Norths to a two- wicket victory as they chased down 182 for victory against The Waves in the final over.
He was joined by Shaun Rose (29) and Boyd Williams (16) who made valuable contributions.
"It was very satisfying,” Sommerfeld said.
"I played for The Waves as a junior and copped plenty of banter for it so it was good to get one back.”
Norths claimed the final after fighting back into the contest twice throughout.
The side won the toss
and bowled first.
The Waves started strong with their top four batters all in the runs and the side was 2/112 at one stage.
The defending premiers then took valuable wickets in the final 15 overs to restrict the NewsMail Cup winners to 181.
The total was just enough for Norths to chase down.
"Getting Tim McIntosh was vital for us as he was about to put the foot down,” Sommerfeld said.
"Team set-up put me down to bat at eight with James Kunst opening.
"It paid dividends.”
Norths have now won five of the past six titles in division 1 cricket.
"We know when we have our best squad we are the best in town,” Sommerfeld said.
"It was a credit to the boys for finishing off the season strong.”
The Waves captain Luke Owen said not enough runs and dropped catches hurt the team dearly.
The side dropped Sommerfeld a couple of overs before the end.
"I thought 180 on that wicket was a good score, but we would have liked 220,” Owen said.
"It was a good game of cricket but we didn't get
the chocolates unfortunately. Full credit to Norths.
"We'll be back bigger and better next year.”