BELIEF RETURNS: The Waves Matthew Gauld top'-scored with 65 as the defending premier beat Norths.
BELIEF RETURNS: The Waves Matthew Gauld top'-scored with 65 as the defending premier beat Norths. Mike Knott BUN240916CRICKET2

The Waves bounce back over Norths

CRICKET: Demanding a change in attitude from their players, The Waves responded in the perfect way on Saturday.

After a disappointing loss to Past Highs in the opening round of the Bundaberg Division 1 competition, they responded with an impressive 28-run win over Norths.

Batting first at Kendalls Flat, strong contributions at the top from Matt Gauld (65) and David Mulhall (48) helped The Waves to 234.

In reply Norths struggled from the outset.

Early wickets had the first round winners at 4/56 before Shaun Rose and Ryan Paul helped steady the batting.

Unfortunately, despite 40 not out from Paul, the team fell 28 runs short.

The Waves captain Mitch Waters said it was good to see the team respond.

"That was a much better performance from us," Waters said.

"We had a good opening partnership and a good team effort with our bowlers," he said.

Also pleased to almost bat for their full 40 overs, Waters said it was good to see team camaraderie back.

For Norths they rued The Waves reaching 234.

With the team collapsing early, captain Todd Sommerfeld said that cost them in the end.

"Our fielding wasn't up to scratch and a few dropped catches cost us," Sommerfeld said.

"We also lost too many wickets early on," he said.

In a match that could have been worse for Norths, Sommerfeld said Paul and Rose batted well to keep them in the contest.

In the other match 54 runs to Dale Steele saw Past Highs win by five wickets over Brothers.

Results

The Waves 234 (M Gauld 65, D Mulhall 48, M Waters 26*, K Leggett 4.4-0-3-24, T McNamee 8-1-2-42) def Norths 8/206 (R Paul 40*, S Rose 35, K Leggett 27, C Murray 8-2-2-30, D Mulhall 8-1-2-35)

Past Highs 5/168 (D. Steele 54, L Childs 29, C Donovan 15, B Howard 3-0-2-29, D McAlpine 8-1-2-31) def Brothers 9/161 (Boyd Smith 40, J Richardson 19, Brent Smith 16, D Steele 8-3-2-20, C Thompson 8-1-2-25)



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