Stars back to lift Norths

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - KEA­GAN EL­DER kea­gan. el­der@ news. com. au

THE re­turn of Josh De Mu­nari and Sam Colling­wood from North Queens­land Mon­soons rep­re­sen­ta­tive du­ties could give the Norths the edge over top- of- the ta­ble Sub Parks.

Sub Parks are yet to be beaten in the A- grade cricket com­pe­ti­tion, but Norths skip­per Matt McGuire said the re­turn of open­ing bats­man De Mu­nari and pace bowler Colling­wood would strengthen his line- up to­day.

“We’ve got a full- strength side this week,” McGuire said.

“We’ve got a lot of youth in our side, we’ve got the cap­tain of the ( Townsville) un­der- 21s Adam Za­bala.

“It’s al­ways good to have the leader of the ju­niors.”

Colling­wood spear­headed the Mon­soons to a 13- run win against Cen­tral Queens­land in the open­ing North Queens­land Cricket Cham­pi­onships match in Mackay, claim­ing 4- 13 off 10 overs.

Norths, sit­ting third on the lad­der, lost against Wests in the last round of the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion. Wests chased down Norths’ 7/ 137 to­tal in 25 overs.

McGuire said just one more mean­ing­ful part­ner­ship would have made his side more com­pet­i­tive as Bin­gen Balan­za­tegui went on to score 56 not out. No other Norths player went on to score more than 20.

“We just dropped a cou­ple of catches, which you can’t re­ally do if you don’t have a big score on the board,” he said. Sub Parks skip­per Mark Ta­viani said his side would just be re­turn­ing from two weeks off, fol­low­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tive cham­pi­onships last week­end and the club’s bye the week be­fore.

“It’s been a bit of a stop start to the sea­son,” he said.

“We’ve played a cou­ple of close games but we’ve man­aged to get over the line in those close games.”

Ta­viani said strong bat­ting per­for­mances at the start of the sea­son had been backed up by his team’s bowl­ing at­tack. “We’ve his­tor­i­cally had a very strong bowl­ing at­tack,” he said.

Ta­viani said he was wary of Norths de­spite his side’s per­fect start to the sea­son.

“It’s al­ways a tough game against Norths,” he said.

Norths play Sub Parks at En­deav­our while Broth­ers take on Wests at John McCul­lough Oval.

Both matches 11.50am. start at

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