TOP TWO: Norths' Todd Sommerfeld and The Waves' Luke Owen will lead their teams into battle for the NewsMail Cup today.
TOP TWO: Norths' Todd Sommerfeld and The Waves' Luke Owen will lead their teams into battle for the NewsMail Cup today. Mike Knott BUN131217CRICKET1

Rivalry lights up for final

CRICKET: They might be good mates off the field but the friendship between captains Todd Sommerfeld and Luke Owen might be tested today.

The duo will lead Norths and The Waves in the first major trophy on offer in Bundaberg cricket this season, the NewsMail Cup.

Today's day-night battle between the top two teams this season is a repeat of last season's Division 1 premiership decider.

Norths come in as the defending champions with The Waves looking for their first NewsMail Cup since 2011.

And Owen said that needed to change, starting today.

"I think it is time we flex our big dog muscles and show why we are powerhouses in the BCA,” he said.

"We really want to knock these boys off, they have been the benchmark for the past 18 months.”

The Waves haven't beaten Norths in on- day or two-day cricket in almost two seasons but won last week against them in T20.

They will be relying on a combination experience and youth to get the job done.

"On paper there is not much between each side,” Owen said.

"Form and history doesn't count for anything come Saturday.

"I'm really excited by the squad we've got and it's about nullifying those batsmen and their strengths.”

Sommerfeld said there were no excuses for his side.

They will be at full strength with the return of a few players who missed last week's three T20 matches.

"Everyone's good to go,” Sommerfeld said.

"If we can go back-to-back it would be great for the club.”

Sommerfeld said the key to victory for them would be taking their chances, especially if it was close like most recent contests between the sides have been.

"Taking those half chances, it would put us in good stead,” he said.

"In the T20 last week, dropping Stuchy wasn't good and it cost us in the end.”

Sommerfeld said Norths' experience in recent wins in the competition would help.

The team has won its last three finals in Bundaberg.

Today's game starts at 2pm. Entry for spectators is free.

TEAMS

North: Todd Sommerfeld (c), Blyton Pendergast, Matt Frost, Kye Leggett, Andrew McKay, Joe Williams, James Kunst, Todd McNamee, Shannon Smith, Michael Newell, Bruce Worthington, Damian Turner.

The Waves: Luke Owen (c), Michael Loader, Sean Stuchbery, Tim McIntosh, Matt Fulton, Brendan Schultz, David Mulhall, Brendan Grills, Jayden Larsen, Hayden Pope, Mitch Waters, Vince Differ



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