Four teams prolong unbeaten streak

Australs batsman Paul Mathiesen prepares to play his stroke as ATW keeper Brendan Prossliner waits.
Australs batsman Paul Mathiesen prepares to play his stroke as ATW keeper Brendan Prossliner waits. Mike Knott

FOUR teams remain unbeaten and are the only sides with wins after the second round of the inaugural Bundaberg/Fraser Coast League on Saturday.

In Bundaberg, Across The Waves (ATW) and Brothers posted expected easy home victories over Fraser Coast battlers Australs and Mariners respectively.

The Fraser Coast premiers Past Grammars had a good 36-run win against Bundaberg's Country/Wests in the match of the round in Maryborough, while in the Hervey Bay local derby, the Bushrangers had too many guns for the Cavaliers, holding on for victory by 27 runs.

ATW were always in control against Australs even though it took 33 overs to bowl them out for a paltry 76 runs and 25 overs against a well directed attack to get the runs for the loss of only two early wickets.

Front-line bowlers Trent Prossliner (2-10) and Nathan Sarnadsky (3-21) made the in-roads for ATW, while spinner Sean Stuchbery wove his magic with 3-11.

They stumbled at the top of the order to 2-26 in reply, but captain/coach David Jones (28) and No. 4 Oliver Hardaker (37) guided them home with a patient, unbroken partnership of 52.

Jones was pleased with another highly clinical performance.

“We had a good hit-out – Trent Prossliner is having a good season – 20 wickets is a lot of wickets by mid-October but his knee injury is a concern. Stuch(bery) also bowled well and we fielded quite well – everyone was very enthusiastic,'' Jones said.

Brothers achieved their win in much less time, taking just 19.3 overs to dismiss their Hervey Bay opponents for 93, then requiring exactly 20 overs to wrap up the points with seven wickets in hand.

Pace spearhead Mitch Sartori made the initial breakthrough for Brothers in his second over, but it was his new-ball partner Duane Dredge who ripped the heart out of their top order with three wickets in the space of six balls in his top grade career best of 3-22.

Sartori also finished with three wickets, as did spinner Eddie Butcher who bounced back after being hit for four fours by Mariners opener Mark Shirley.

Brothers lost an early wicket in their chase but a 69-run second wicket partnership between opener Josh Nugent (48) and debutant Steven Grogan (23) put them in reach before their departures temporarily delayed the result.

Shirley played a lone hand for the visitors with the bat with 67, and except for him, they could have been humiliated.