Norths bowler Ben Lines delivers to Country Wests batsman Steven Nichols at Salter Oval.
Norths bowler Ben Lines delivers to Country Wests batsman Steven Nichols at Salter Oval. Max Fleet BUNCRIC

Waves crash down on rivals

ACROSS The Waves cut Brothers down to size in the opening round of the Whale Cities Carnival on Saturday.

A sensational effort from Across The Waves vice-captain Sean Stuchbery helped his team to victory in the Salter Oval fixture.

Brothers struggled to weather a blistering attack by Across The Waves opening bowlers in the 40-over one-day fixture, falling 10 for 123.

Across The Waves surpassed the total of their cross-town rivals in 11 overs finishing the match one for 124.

Across The Waves vice-captain Sean Stuchbery said there were signs of a promising season ahead for his team in the opener.

"The team really brought it to Brothers and there were pleasing signs in both the batting and the bowling," he said.

"The team's a lot stronger than last year and it's still early days yet," he said.

Stuchbery was a strong performer for Across The Waves claiming a hat-trick in the encounter and following it up with 88 runs.

Emerging Across The Waves players Matt Gavin and Chris Duff claimed two wickets each.

Stuchbery said the team's batting order was in the best shape it had been in for a number of years.

"There's a lot of depth there and that's the sort of depth we are going to need in the Whale City competition," he said.

Stuchbery said the team had the Whale Cities Cricket Competition final in its sights after a disapointing conclusion to the competiton's inaugural season last year.

Past Grammars won the final against Across The Waves in a narrow victory last year.

"The team's got a lot of talent on paper and I know the players are going to be working hard to try and make sure it translates on the field," he said.

"We're looking forward to the season ahead and seeing what we can achieve."

In the second local fixture of the Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg competition, Country Wests defeated Norths.

Norths were all out for 99.

Country Wests batsmen beat the total comfortably retiring on 155 with a wicket to spare.



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