HIT BEHIND: Past High  batsman Lennon Childs  hits a four at Salter Oval.
HIT BEHIND: Past High batsman Lennon Childs hits a four at Salter Oval. Paul Donaldson BUN181117CRIC4

TIGERS ROAR: Past Highs aim to break drought

CRICKET: When you chat to Past Highs Combined Country senior player Dale Steele, there is plenty of frustration in his voice.

Steele and the newly formed side in Bundaberg cricket have yet to record a victory in Division 1, in both the two-day and one-day contests so far.

For the PHCC bowler it is something he hopes can change soon.

"Other teams, when they talk to us after matches, can't understand what we are doing wrong,” Steele said.

"Deep down we know we can beat them but it hasn't happened, which is frustrating.

"If we can get a win, we can build the confidence in the squad.”

Steele feels the best chance to do it is tomorrow.

The Bundaberg Cricket Association's T20 competition will start today with the first round of matches to be held.

All sides will face each other once this weekend with the final round to be held after Christmas.

The top two will qualify for the final.

Steele said the format suited the side perfectly.

"T20 plays right into our hands,” he said.

"The way that our game is and the way we play is better in the shorter form.”

But Steele said it is up to the batsmen to deliver.

"We've got one of the best bowling attacks in the competition so we need to build totals for them to defend,” he said.

"At times we switch off for a little period and we're not riding it out.

"We need to dig in.”

The side will be challenged though as it plays three games in one day, including a night match tomorrow at 6pm against Norths.

Norths have the same issue but start as the defending premiers.

"It's a big ask and we have a few players out,” Norths captain Todd Sommerfeld said.

"The key for us will be to bat the 20 overs and either set or chase totals.”

Bundaberg Cricket Association president John Howard said the move was made to get one round finished while the weather was clear.

The round will kick off tonight with The Waves taking on Brothers under lights at 6pm.

Tomorrow, The Waves will face Norths at 12pm with Brothers to take on PHCC at the same time.

Finally, Brothers will take on Norths and PHCC battles The Waves at 3pm.



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