Across the Waves keeper Curtis Janke keeps an eye out for an edge by Brothers batsman Steven Grogan.
Across the Waves keeper Curtis Janke keeps an eye out for an edge by Brothers batsman Steven Grogan. Max Fleet

Across The Waves is hot favourite

THE rampant Across The Waves will be hot favourites to claim the inaugural Bundaberg/Fraser Coast (BFC) League and Division 1 NewsMail Cup titles at Salter Oval this weekend.

They will take on Past Grammars, of Maryborough, in the BFC grand final tomorrow before backing up on Sunday against Brothers who will be seeking to claim the Cup for the fifth year in a row.

Waves are coming off an eight-wicket massacre of Brothers last Saturday. Captain/coach David Jones said they would be full strength on both days but he was taking nothing for granted.

“I am confident of winning on Saturday but I certainly expect that we may have our hands full on Sunday. Brothers have a lot of match winners – Laycock, Rayner and Boge are all capable of winning a match on their day,” Jones said. “Our batting and bowling depth will hold us in good stead, but to be honest, I don't know a lot about Grammars but they are rumoured to be a strong bowling side but an inconsistent batting side.”

Waves also have many game breakers, headed by Trent Prossliner, who has transformed into a destructive all-rounder.

He has been bowling quick and accurately and is coming off a brutal unbeaten 79 against the Brethren, and Jones is delighted with what he has done.

Brothers will be bolstered by the return of captain David Boge and Chris Anderson, and the skipper admits their lead-up has been terrible, having played just twice in the past five weeks due to wash-outs and losing both.

“But it's a final and anything can happen – for the first time in the last decade, they are favourites, but it is a lot easier being underdogs,” Boge said.

“We are looking forward to playing and hopefully putting in our best performance of the season – we've got fellas who have been around for a while and can produce in big games like Jarrod Laycock and Adam Rayner.”

Waves will also contest the Divisions 2 and 3 NewsMail Cup finals against Alloway and Isis respectively, while Isis will do battle with Brothers Blue in Division 4.