FORWARD DEFENCE: Luke Owen will captain The Waves this season in Bundaberg cricket.
FORWARD DEFENCE: Luke Owen will captain The Waves this season in Bundaberg cricket. Paul Donaldson BUN081016CRIC7

Powerhouse redemption

CRICKET: Last season did not go to script for The Waves or Brothers in Bundaberg Cricket.

As both sides prepare to face each other today in the first round of Division 1, they do so after licking their wounds from the previous season.

Neither side, for the first time in years, won a title in Division 1 as Norths completed the clean sweep.

The winner in this contest between the two teams will go a long way towards claiming silverware this season.

"We exceeded expectations last year but still didn't get to the decider,” Brothers captain Simon Gills said.

"The goal this year is simple, we want to make the grand final and claim the premiership.”

The Brethren will try to do that with the majority of the squad from last season.

They also have premiership player Jarrod Laycock returning.

"He'll be a huge addition to our team, he's quite unassuming and just gets the job done,” Gills said.

"He's really keen to play.

"He's also a Wide Bay representative player, so he'll add lots of experience.”

Gills said that experience might be needed as the side prepares to face The Waves in a two-day match.

The captain is also out for the match.

"It's the first game this season, so we just need our players to be patient, there's plenty of time,” he said.

"Hopefully the players step up and lay a good platform.”

There has been plenty of change at The Waves too.

Luke Owen has come in as captain.

"They asked me to do it and I can't wait to do it,” he said.

"We've kept the nucleus of our team and retained plenty of good juniors who played last year.”

Owen said the side will embrace two-day cricket and are ready to take on the challenge today.

The Waves take on Brothers at 12.30pm at Kendalls Flat before playing again next week to finish the contest.



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