Oh so close for focused Prossy
BRENDAN Prossliner cut a dejected figure yesterday afternoon, falling one short of a maiden century against cricketing heavyweights Brothers.
But despite the disappointment of coming so close, the Across The Waves captain could be content in the knowledge that his superb 99 was integral in saving his club from outright defeat.
The left hander's patient innings came undone when he chipped a David Boge delivery to mid on.
But his 136-ball knock, combined with Curtis Janke's (48) and Sean Stuchbery's (66) efforts with the willow meant they posted 287 in their second innings, leaving Brothers with only slim hopes of pulling off an outright in the final stages of play.
“It's pretty disappointing,” Prossliner said. “It's something I've really wanted and to fall one short is gutting.
“It was probably my most patient innings in a few years.
“I just really didn't want to lose outright to those guys, and Curtis and Sean both batted really well, too.”
Brothers tried valiantly to chase down the target but more than 12 an over was required from the outset and they fell just short.
Waves kept Brothers' hopes alive, dropping Adam Rayner three times in the first four overs - had the big hitter stayed at the crease a Brothers victory would have been on the cards.
“Our fielding still isn't up to scratch, and we cut it pretty fine in the end, really gave them a chance to win it,” Prossliner said.
New recruit Mitch Sartori was the destroyer, taking five wickets but leaking 121 runs. Brothers captain David Boge toiled hard for 17 overs, only conceding 25 runs and picking up the big wicket of the skipper. He lamented two missed chances that cost his side valuable time at the crease.
“We dropped Prossy (Prossliner) on 59, and also Curtis,” he said.
“If we had taken those we would have had more than enough time to get the runs.
“It's a bit disappointing, but they batted with a lot more patience and we just couldn't take wickets quickly.
“Prossy ... deserved 100, but it wasn't to be.”