Norths set stage for major upset
NORTHS put themselves in with a chance of a major upset on day one of their Bundaberg Division 1 two-day penultimate round clash with Across The Waves (ATW) on Saturday.
Competition leaders ATW were expected to go on their winning ways but the last-placed Norths produced one of their best batting performances of the season, amassing a competitive total of 194.
They then had ATW struggling at 3-43 by stumps.
If Norths can pull off a win on day two this Saturday, they will move into third position if Country/Wests, which currently hold down that position, are beaten by Brothers.
Country looks to have the job ahead after being bowled out for a paltry 126, then after having fought back to have their rivals reeling at 4-20, the Brethren finished the afternoon at 4-85.
No Norths batsman was able to produce a big score but with plenty of handy contributions, with six of them recording 20 or more, headed by unlikely top scorer Sam Simpson with 35, they made a game of it.
Paceman Trent Prossliner was the best of the bowlers for ATW with 3-23, but left-arm seamer Mitchell Waters also continued his good form with 2-19 from 10 overs, although none of their much-vaunted attack was able to dominate.
A target of 195 for first innings points looked easy pickings for ATW's powerful batting line-up, but the losses of openers Sean Stuchbery for a duck and Callum Stitt (9) and young gun Matt Fulton (10) left the game evenly poised.
It could have been worse with Brendan Prossliner, who will resume on 24, admitting he was lucky to be there after surviving two extremely confident appeals.
Openers Brendan Edwards, in just his second game for Norths, and Liam Denning have bowled the 13 overs between them so far, with Edwards claiming two wickets and Denning taking the other.
Country won the toss and elected to bat but they may have been embarrassed except for a pugnacious 41 by No. 7 Damien Shield.
Lion-hearted paceman Matt Turich bowled unchanged through their innings, sending down 21 overs and claiming his second straight five-wicket haul after make-shift opener Ben Lanskey had claimed two key early wickets, while captain and spinner David Boge chipped in with 3-41.
But especially without regular opening batsman David Turich, Brothers' fragile top order was again exposed as Country openers Kyle Stallan and Andrew Gear struck twice each.
However, Australian Country representative Josh McLean and Matt Turich arrested the slide and have added 65 runs in an unbroken partnership to put Brothers within reach of first innings points.