ANOTHER dominant batting display by Matt Fulton has kept ATW 1 unbeaten with an 87 run win over Norths in the Bundaberg cricket Division 1/2 premiership.

After making 85 last week against Brothers 2, Fulton followed that up with an unbeaten 90 against Norths last Saturday to steer them to a fifth straight win.

Joined by Callum Stitt who made 36, and Jake Healy with 21, the top four made 150 runs between them to guide ATW 1 to 212 from their allotted overs.

Stitt, who had a 64 run partnership with Fulton, said the top order did well again.

"We just batted for time and wanted to get a nice platform for the hitters at the end," he said.

"We were able to do that thanks to Matt, who is in fantastic form with two big knocks."

In reply Norths started well, despite losing an early wicket in the third over.

A recovery partnership of 55, between Blyton Pendergast and Julian Bond, had Norths at 1/57 after 15 overs.

When Bond fell though for eight, the Norths innings lost its way, as quick wickets fell.

Despite 63 from top scorer Pendergast, Norths couldn't recover, and they were bowled out for 125 in the 35th over.

For ATW 1 it was a team effort with the ball as seven players took wickets.

Stitt said the collapse of Norths was down to their tight bowling early which increased the run rate.

"We bowled well, as we hit our line and lengths, and fielded well," he said.

"Once the run rate lifted, they had no choice but to play risky shots to win, which fell into our hands as we made vital breakthroughs."

Stitt was also pleased with the players who had to fill in for the team at the last minute.

"We had a fair few players out, so we had to call up some of the division two players."

"To see them bat and bowl well was pleasing for us as we continue to build our season."

ATW 1 will now face Brothers 1 in a repeat of the round one clash between the two teams earlier this season.

Brothers 1, after losing by 44 runs in that match, will be looking to gain revenge in what will be an 80 over a side contest.

With players out for both teams, because of representative duty next week, the match may be moved until the week after.



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