Mo­men­tum is now go­ing with Norths

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

NORTHS cap­tain Matthew McGuire says his team’s re­cent resur­gence and Sub Parks’ stut­ters has given them be­lief they’re not merely play­ing for se­cond place in Townsville A grade cricket.

Sub Parks have long held had a stran­gle­hold on the com­pe­ti­tion, but have shown vul­ner­a­bil­ity in re­cent weeks with three straight de­feats af­ter win­ning their open­ing six games. They are now in se­cond place be­hind Wests, who take on Norths at En­deav­our Oval to­day.

Norths have won their past two games to so­lid­ify third spot, but hope to fin­ish higher up the lad­der.

Tal­ented young bats­men Adam Za­bala will re­turn from rep­re­sen­ta­tive du­ties for to­day’s match, and McGuire said the re­turn of keeper­bats­man Josh De Mu­nari and bowl­ing spear­head Sam Colling­wood had put his team in an ideal po­si­tion.

Norths have the bye in next week’s fi­nal round be­fore the Christ­mas break, adding more im­por­tance to to­day’s clash.

“It ( wins) have come with hav­ing all our play­ers avail­able and back from rep cricket,” McGuire said.

“I al­ways had the be­lief we can be one of the bet­ter sides. We’ve got the ta­lent, we’ve just got to put some con­sist-

GREAT AS­SET: Norths bats­man Adam Za­bala in ac­tion against Sub­ur­ban Parks last month. Pic­ture: ALIX SWEENEY

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