Past Highs drought over in Bundaberg cricket
CRICKET: There was plenty of relief for Past Highs on Saturday afternoon in Division 1 cricket.
The side recorded its first win in 10 rounds with a 57-run victory over Brothers at Salter Oval.
Batting first, the side found form with the willow after recovering from a shaky start.
In trouble early at 3/15, contributions from Dale Steele, Charlie Thompson and Lenny Childs helped the side to 173 from 40 overs.
In reply, Brothers could only make 116 as they struggled on a tough wicket.
Past Highs player Dale Steele said the side never gave up hope of winning.
"Belief has always been there but it was just getting the stars to align,” he said.
"It was fantastic to win and a long time coming.”
Now they want to finish the season well in the hope of sneaking into the finals with four games to go.
"Ideally it would have been nice to win the week before against The Waves,” Steele said.
"Everything has to go right for us now.”
In the other match, Norths recovered from 7/97 to chase down The Waves' total of 194.
Unbeaten in 15 straight games, Norths captain Todd Sommerfeld said it was good to win despite the team not being at its best.
"Joe Williams (58) and Shannon Smith (42) did well to chase it down,” he said.
"It was good to see the younger players helping the side to win.”
They will face Past Highs this week and Brothers take on The Waves.
Past Highs 8/173 (D. Steele 41, C. Thompson 38, L. Childs 37, E Hoffman 8-2-22-5, A Kelly 7-0-28-1) def Brothers 116 (S. Pearson 41, A. Gardner 12, S Gills 11, D Wendt 8-0-30-3, A Porter 4-0-13-2).
Norths 8/195 (J. Williams 58, S. Smith 42, M Frost 33, B Schultz 6-0-20-4, D Mulhall 8-1-40-3) def The Waves 194 (M. Loader 72, B. Schultz 49, J Larsen 16, T McNamee 8-1-57-4, R Paul 7-1-37-4) .