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29 November, 2021

Norths take out annual Bridgeman-Maher Cup

THE annual tussle for the Bridgeman-Maher Cup between Atherton and Norths first grade sides was played at Griffiths Park in a Cricket Far North daynight match on Saturday.

Atherton batsman Brendon Nasser.

The Cup provides an added incentive to win with the Clubs honouring two of their toughest competitors and rivals. 

Norths elected to bowl first and may have been doubting the decision as Dan Parnell and Chris Adams got away to a steady start with an opening partnership of 66. 

Unfortunately the momentum changed when Norths called on their leggie Mark Ellis who dismissed the top order batsmen taking 3-10. 

Fred Pittorino came in at 6 and worked hard and smart for an unbeaten 62, putting on a valuable last wicket partnership of 47 with Luke Parnell to close the innings 9-221. 

Atherton's captain Paul Nasser took the ball in the sixth over and lifted his team with some sharp bowling, taking 2-0 off two overs. 

The bowlers continued to work hard for little reward with some missed opportunities costing them dearly. 

Norths kept up to Atherton's run rate throughout with the game evenly placed, but with wickets in hand the home team were able to accelerate in the closing stages to get over the line in the 48th over to claim a four wicket win. 

Atherton's next match is on December 18 at Atherton’s Loder Park against Barron River. 

RESULT: Atherton 9-221 (F Pittorino 62*, C Adams 43, P Nasser 36, D Parnell 21, L Parnell 21*) Defeated by Norths 6-222 (L Hollitt 2-30, P Nasser 2-31, T Boorman 1-28, D Parnell 1-55)

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