CRICKET: The Waves are back where they feel they belong in Bundaberg Cricket - right at the top.
The side claimed its first NewsMail Cup since 2011, defeating Norths by seven wickets in the final on Saturday at Salter Oval.
The Waves, bowling first, got the defending premiers out for 109 before captain Luke Owen and Michael Loader guided the side to the win with more than 15 overs to spare.
"It's good to break the drought and get the big dogs back at the top,” Owen said.
"The bowlers bowled superbly and the quick wickets helped.
"It's better than Lego to win.”
Leading the charge was frontline bowler Vince Differ as he claimed four wickets and won man of the match honours.
The 34-year-old devastated the top order of Norths, claiming the wickets of Matt Frost, Andy McKay, Joe Williams and Todd McNamee on his way to 4/34.
"He's a good bloke and deserves a good result like that,” Owen said.
"Our bowling and fielding set the tone with only about 30 conceded from the first 12 overs.
"But we dropped five catches and if our fielding was a little bit better we'd have got them out for 70.”
Owen said the side would be aiming for more success with the T20 and Division 1 premierships up for grabs next year.
"We're a strong club with the best juniors,” he said.
"To have success like this just adds icing to the cake.”
Norths captain Todd Sommerfeld said the total was well short of where they needed to be.
"We just didn't get enough runs,” he said.
"The Waves bowled well and we had a couple of collapses, which we didn't recover from.”
Sommerfeld was also critical of a couple of 50/50 calls that didn't go the side's way during their innings and The Waves run chase.
"One put us 2/30 and it can change the game,” he said.
"It made it hard for us.”
Sommerfeld said the loss would put them in good stead for next year.
"There's lots of fire in the belly,” he said.
"This loss will spur us on for next year.”
The Bundaberg Cricket competition will resume January 6 with the T20 competition.