STRONG BATTING: The Waves batsman Michael Loader knocks out a four at Salter Oval on Saturday.
STRONG BATTING: The Waves batsman Michael Loader knocks out a four at Salter Oval on Saturday. Paul Donaldson BUN091217CRIC5

Streak comes to an end for Norths

CRICKET: All good things must come to an end.

For Norths it was their 25-match unbeaten run in Division 1 cricket in Bundaberg.

On Saturday the side was beaten for the first time in more than a year, falling to The Waves in the first match of the T20 competition by eight wickets.

A three-wicket haul by David Mulhall helped The Waves restrict Norths to just 96 from their 20 overs before an unbeaten 54 from Sean Stuchbery guided the side to the target with under five overs remaining.

The win over Norths completed a perfect weekend for The Waves, winning all three matches.

This included a 32-run win over Brothers on Friday night and a 41-run win over Past Highs Combined Country on Saturday.

"I'm one very happy captain," The Waves skipper Luke Owen said.

"We were very good as a bowling unit.

"Bundaberg has a history of good batting wickets so to bowl well was very pleasing."

The Waves kept the three sides to a combined average 114, the best out of the four sides over the weekend.

They were well supported by Owen who made 80 against PHCC and Matt Fulton who made 67 against Brothers.

"We're not getting the same bloke scoring runs, which is really pleasing to see," Owen said.

Norths wrapped up the weekend to sit second on the ladder, beating Brothers and PHCC in two close games.

The defending T20 premiers won by three and six runs respectively.

"We had a young team out on Saturday so it was a good effort from the side," Norths captain Todd Sommerfeld said.

"I'm happy to win two out of three matches with a few regulars out."

Sommerfeld said it was good in a way the streak ended so they could focus on the rest of the season.

In the final match of the weekend, Brothers defeated PHCC by 44 runs. Both sides will now break for Christmas.

Norths face The Waves in the NewsMail Cup on Saturday.



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