ATW captain David Jones watches the progress of his stroke as it heads for the boundary.
ATW captain David Jones watches the progress of his stroke as it heads for the boundary. Mike Knott

Waves claim the Twenty20 Cup

ACROSS The Waves have taken the first step in making a return to prominence in division one competition claiming the Twenty20 Cup.

Across The Waves took control of a rain-affected wicket to leave Brothers chasing an unenviable total of 174 in the reduced 15-over final.

Last year’s division one premiers struggled to find the total falling 10 for 81 in fading light.

Coach David Jones said the Twenty20 Championship trophy was a well-earned reward for his team after an intense start to the season.

“The lads have been training hard and doing what they can to improve their cricket, so to see them get some runs on the board is excellent,” he said.

English recruit and former Horsforth campaigner Oliver Hardaker helped Across The Waves to a strong start using a disciplined and patient batting approach to weather the attacking might of the Brothers’ pacemen.

His opening effort ended on 32 runs after a scorching delivery from Warren Shipley.

Seasoned Across The Waves campaigner Brendan Prossliner showed early season form in a dominant performance earning 57 hard-fought runs.

When Brothers took to the batting crease, they were in trouble immediately.

Front-line paceman Trent Prossliner sent openers tumbling like dominoes claiming five scalps for 21 with a series of scorching balls.

Jones said while the Twenty20 Championship trophy would take pride of place in the Across The Waves clubhouse, the season was still in its infancy.

“It’s a great beginning to the season for us and it’s something the guys should be proud of, but it’s only the start,” he said.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, there’s still a way to go yet.”

In Jones’ sight are the Inter-City Championships Cup, NewsMail Cup and the Bundaberg Cricket Association division one premiership.

“That’s one from four for us, now we have to pick up our intensity and make sure we keep working hard and make sure we stay in the race for the rest of the season,” he said.

“If the guys keep putting in the time behind the nets and training hard I think they’re going to have a good season.”

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