Prossliner brothers ready to shine
IT WILL be a red-letter occasion for the Prossliner family when brothers Brendan and Trent play for Wide Bay together for the first time this weekend.
They will be key men as the hosts chase back-to-back South Queensland Conference (SQC) Open Age Championship Schaeffer Shield titles at Salter Oval.
It will be the start of a huge week for the pair as they will also suit up for the Bundaberg Invitational side against the Australian Cricketers Association Masters All-stars at the same venue in a Twenty20 match next Friday night.
Brendan, 25, who is one of the best top-order batsmen in Queensland Country, has been selected more on past performances because his form this season has not been great, even by his own high standards.
But Trent, five years his junior and a tearaway quick and hard-hitting lower-order batsman, has forced his way into the side with a new-found tremendous work ethic and by weight of wickets, bagging 23 so far for Across The Waves to be the standout bowler in Bundaberg cricket.
Brendan said he was “definitely looking forward to the series after having last year off representative cricket.
“Next Friday will also be an awesome experience especially with Trent,” Brendan said.
There are just six survivors from the team which won the coveted Shield in Toowoomba last year, including another Bundaberg star, Travis Henke, who went on to represent SQC after taking out the batting aggregate trophy with 175 and was then named as a Queensland Country shadow player.
Gun Fraser Coast duo of captain Shane Muller and Ashley Renouf, who also subsequently represented SQC with distinction, will also again be trumps.
Prossliner has been selected for SQC four times, and he said going the final step to Queensland Country selection was “always a goal”.
“But I’ve got to get some runs on the board first and hopefully that happens this weekend,” Prossliner said.
In a weekend feast of cricket, Bundaberg will also stage the under-17 Don McPherson Shield.
Tomorrow’s games pit Wide Bay against South East Queensland (SEQ) in both grades, with the two Darling Downs (DD) teams, the star-studded City and Country, to lock horns.
On Sunday, Wide Bay will meet DD Country with DD City up against SEQ. Tomorrow’s games start at 9am; Sunday at 8.30am.