Boge injury a big loss
BROTHERS' quest for a seventh straight Bundaberg Division 1 title has suffered a serious blow with captain and star all-rounder David Boge suffering a broken hand in a freak accident at home yesterday.
The five-times Tallon Medallist will miss the grand final against Across The Waves (ATW) at Salter Oval this weekend.
Also absent will be their champion fast bowler Boyd Williams, who did not play enough games to qualify due to injury.
Boge, who was to have surgery last night, is “shattered” to be missing the decider.
“But in saying that, we've still got a lot of boys who are more than capable of producing in a final, as they've done in the past, and hopefully the likes of Adam Rayner and Jarrod Laycock can produce what they are capable of,” Boge said.
“Also Josh McLean is a class act, Mitch Sartori has been on fire of late and we have a strong batting line-up on paper with the likes of Chris Anderson at No. 7, and hopefully we can bat 85 overs.
“Eddie (Butcher) will pick up more overs – he bowled 24 in our last game for 18 runs and has been bowling well, and Steve Grogan and Ben Lanskey might bowl a few as well and they have been pretty successful when used.”
On the other side of the coin, ATW will welcome back pace spearhead Trent Prossliner after he was unavailable for last week's semi-final.
In that match, they finished at 8-66 in response to Country/Wests 4 (declared)-96 in a match in which 90 overs were lost due to rain and the state of the pitch
A draw was enough for them to advance, but their captain-coach David Jones is not concerned about their batting collapse.
“It had a lot to do with the conditions and it might have been the fright we needed – I thought we lacked a bit of batting application but in saying that, I can't envisage, given the different conditions that that will be a problem,” Jones said.
“We've been waiting for this for a long time and it is a matter of us performing over two days.”