Stars back to lift Norths
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