Prossliner keen about captaincy
IT is going to be a big weekend of cricket for Brendan Prossliner.
The newly-anointed Bundaberg captain will first lead Across The Waves (ATW) into the second day of their match against Country Wests in a commanding position.
The bold leader has said he will push for outright victory.
He will look for quick runs before taking the ball himself and attempting to dismantle a Wests attack that crumbled for 83 last weekend.
Once his head hits the pillow when Saturday's job is done, his mind will already be on Sunday's task, leading the Bundaberg pack on to Salter Oval against a Gympie side intent on inflicting painful revenge after copping years of torment.
In years past he has had the comfort of standing amongst a team accentuated by the towering figures of Boyd Williams and Kris Johnson - not this time.
Not unlike Ricky Ponting in the past two seasons, he has the task of guiding his fresh-faced squad back to the top, a difficult job made especially so by the expectation placed on the side after years of dominance.
“THERE is definitely more pressure on the batsmen this year to post a total, we can't rely on the bowlers,” Prossliner said.
“But it's always an honour to captain your home town, and I think we've still got the side to beat this year and hopefully we start well on Sunday.”
The 24-year-old has had two previous stints in the top job, but this year has his sights set on making the position his own.
But there is no doubting his top priority lies with ATW's success.
“Our sights are set on ATW winning the premiership this season, I'd be disappointed if we couldn't get past Brothers,” he said.
Despite acknowledging the loss of senior players like Kris Johnson from the Waves set-up, Prossliner said the emerging juniors were more than enough to replace him.
“We're looking better this year I think, everyone handled last week really well and Grillsy (Rhys Grills) and Mitch Waters bowled really well for us,” he said.
Country Wests captain Mat Fleming remained optimistic despite a nightmarish welcome to the two-day arena last week.
“I still think we're a chance - they'll be looking for quick runs so if we roll them quickly and bat with more intent anything can happen,” he said.
“Eighty-five overs is a long day.”
Fleming credited some disciplined bowling for dismantling his top order, but acknowledged his team was as much to blame for its modest first dig.
“I think about seven of us got ourselves out, but Rhys Grills and Mitch Waters bowled nice and straight,” he said.
Waves will resume at 5-175, 92 runs ahead of Wests.
In the other game Brothers will face one of their division two sides, Brothers Bolters, after beating Brothers Sharks convincingly last weekend.