Jones out but Waves set to rebound

ACROSS The Waves remain the team to beat despite their three-wicket loss to Country/Wests in the first round of the Bundaberg Division 1 Premiership last Saturday.

That competition has now been put on hold until the new year, and the inaugural Bundaberg/Fraser Coast League will fire up tomorrow with local derby clashes.

They will get the perfect chance to make a flying start to the new competition when they take on Norths at Salter Oval tomorrow.

Waves recovered from early trouble to reach a very competitive total of 206 against Country/Wests, but rued missed chances as the Panthers got home on the back of 97 runs from their Wide Bay representative star Travis Henke.

Captain/coach David Jones will miss the game as he is involved in the Isis Devils Rugby League Football Club end-of-season trip away, and he said they would also be missing fellow batting trumps in Brendan Prossliner, who has received a one-match suspension after being reported for a couple of verbal attacks on the umpires and Henke in their loss to Country, and young gun Callum Stitt, who has Queensland Schools Championships commitments.

But they will unleash another highly-rated English import in Joe Padmore, and Jones is unconcerned by that loss and confident it will prove just a hiccough.

“We are going the right way. We did well last week and showed how much depth we have got to dig ourselves out of a hole batting-wise, but we just dropped two or three catches,” Jones said.

“We’ve only got Norths but I’m disappointed I can’t play because I also want to play rep cricket on Sunday either. But our bowling attack won’t be affected and Trent Prossliner is going great – he bowls flat out every time he gets the ball, and he has jumped to another level with 14 wickets in the first three weeks, and he has set himself a target of 55 wickets all levels of cricket for the season.”

In the other local match, Country will do battle with six times defending premiers Brothers.

The Panthers will take a lot of confidence from their win over Waves, while Brothers will find it much tougher than against Norths.

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