Janke helps save Across the Waves
A CENTURY from Curtis Janke helped save Across the Waves from an embarrassing defeat by a division two Brothers team at Salter Oval on Saturday.
A three-wicket haul from Brothers Blue paceman Ross Brown paved the way in a shock top-order collapse by Across the Waves.
None of Waves much-vaunted batting line-up were able to crack the 20-run mark before Janke came to the crease, with Lachlan Donovan falling for 11, Miles Donovan 16, Brendan Prossliner 11 and Zac Keune four.
But Janke delivered a masterful innings, scoring 122 off 93 runs to help stabilise his side.
Janke received some help from Mitch Waters (31) and Trent Prossliner (26 not out) as Across the Waves finished with a respectable 8-262.
But a win was far from assured as Brothers openers Mark Austerberry and Warren Shipley came out firing.
The pair put together an opening innings partnership of 88 runs before Austerberry was bowled out by Brendan Prossliner.
Josh Meehan added his efforts to secure an upset victory, putting 37 runs on the board.
But it was the decisive wicket of Shipley that helped Waves regain momentum.
Shipley had scored 52 off 38 balls before he was caught off a Prossliner delivery.
After Shipley’s dismissal, Brothers batting attack fell apart with none of the remaining batsmen able to produce and sustain a partnership.
And not one of the remaining batsmen were able to build momentum against an improved Waves bowling attack.
Rhys Grills bounced back from a horrid innings against Brothers in the two-day match to claim two crucial wickets in just three overs.
While Liam Denning and Donovan also bagged two wickets each.
Brothers ended the game with a respectable 9-203, but lamented letting a win slip through their grasp after a strong opening in Saturday’s match.