WINNERS: The victorious Norths team in Division 1 after they defeated The Waves in the grand final
WINNERS: The victorious Norths team in Division 1 after they defeated The Waves in the grand final Shane Jones

NORTHS CLEAN UP: Side completes perfect season

CRICKET: It's official. The Brothers and The Waves juggernaut in Bundaberg Division 1 cricket is over - for at least a year anyway.

After sharing the past 19 titles there is a new king in the city after Norths beating The Waves by four wickets in the Division 1 grand final at Salter Oval.

Norths added the Division 1 title to their NewsMail Cup, minor premiership and T20 crowns, completing the perfect season.

They also ended the year unbeaten in their past 20 contests.

 

CRICKET GRAND FINAL: North's bowler Bruce Worthington at Salter Oval.
CRICKET GRAND FINAL: Norths bowler Bruce Worthington at Salter Oval. Mike Knott BUN120317CRICKET1

Early wickets to Norths' Shannon Smith and Boyd Williams had The Waves in trouble at 5/50.

The Waves made 134 with talented teenager Brendan Schultz unbeaten on 35.

In reply Norths reached their target with 18 overs to spare.

 

CRICKET GRAND FINAL: Norths celebrate the wicket of The Waves batsman Dean Mulhall at Salter Oval.
CRICKET GRAND FINAL: Norths celebrate the wicket of The Waves batsman Dean Mulhall at Salter Oval. Mike Knott BUN120317CRICKET13

An 62-run opening stand between captain Todd Sommerfeld and Matt Frost and 28 from Kye Leggett sealed the title.

"It's very pleasing and it is a sort of a Cinderella story for the club," Sommerfeld said.

"To only lose two or three games all year is really good for the boys and the club."

Sommerfeld paid tribute to his bowlers.

 

CRICKET GRAND FINAL: North's bowler Boyd Williams at Salter Oval.
CRICKET GRAND FINAL: Norths bowler Boyd Williams at Salter Oval. Mike Knott BUN120317CRICKET4

"The boys done well early on," he said.

"They dried up the runs well and took wickets consistently."

Now the club has only one problem: where do they put all the trophies?

"Patto (Steve Paterson) out there at the Spotted Dog, one of our sponsors, he has them out there for us," he said.

"He did say we'll have to build another trophy cabinet now for these ones."

Disappointed with the final, The Waves captain Mitch Waters said Norths were too good.

"(We're) pretty shattered, no one likes losing a grand final," Waters said.

"Got to hand it to Norths, they bowled exceptionally well to keep us to a low total."

Waters said one player stood out in the loss.

"Brendan Schultz was not out, batted 30 overs, faced their fast bowlers and wasn't scared," he said.

"He'll be a cricketer."

 

CRICKET GRAND FINAL: The Waves batsman Brendan Schultz faces a ball at Salter Oval.
CRICKET GRAND FINAL: The Waves batsman Brendan Schultz received high praise for his performance in the grand final at Salter Oval. Mike Knott BUN120317CRICKET15

The competition now breaks for winter and resumes in September.

SCOREBOARD

Norths 6/135 (T Sommerfeld 35, M Frost 30, K Leggett 28*, C Neubecker 3-0-9-2, R Thurston 6-0-18-2, J Larsen 5-0-23-1) The Waves 134 (B Schultz 35*, J Larsen 22, M Fulton 19, T McNamee 8.3-1-26-3, S Smith 6-2-11-2, B Williams 10-4-14-2)