Norths not getting ahead of themselves despite start

Norths player Matthew Parker prepares to bowl to The Waves. Pictures: SHANE JONES

By Shane Jones

Norths know two wins don’t make a season.

But the team is carrying on from it’s form late last season.

Norths won both it’s opening games in the T20 Tallon-Giles competition in Division 1, beating The Waves by 13 runs before beating Brothers by five wickets.

It followed the team making last year’s Division 1 premiership grand final.

In the contests, Norths had five bowlers take two or more wickets in either game while Josh Winen made 57 and 45 in both matches.

But it wasn’t without drama.

In the first game, Norths had to deal with a rampant Sean Stuchbery who made 75 from 26 to almost steal the game.

In the second, Norths had a middle-order collapse against Brothers before Nathan Van Eekeren (26) and Damian Turner (7) guided the team home.

“It definitely helped getting the early wickets (against The Waves) but we let it slip a little bit, let Stuchbery get on top of us, but we got back on top in the end,” Norths captain Blyton Pendergast said.

“At the end of the day it was about containment in the end and we just had enough to contain him.”

Norths have been lucky enough to keep most of their team from last season. Pendergast said the consistency had been good.

Norths will take on Easts this weekend in the battle of the two unbeaten sides at 11am tomorrow before facing The Waves again at 2pm.

Meanwhile, Brothers will be looking to bounce back after two losses to Easts and Norths over the weekend.

Brothers president Anthony Rehbein said that while success was good for the club, the focus was on juniors and building the platform for the future.

“The most important thing is we’re looking to enjoy our cricket, work together and have fun,” he said.

“We’re fostering a good platform for years to come.

“It’s important for us to play competitive cricket in the right spirit.”

Brothers will play The Waves at 11am tomorrow with the side to face Easts at 2pm in the afternoon.