Tom Lever bowls for Brothers against Country/Wests in Bundaberg fixtures.
Tom Lever bowls for Brothers against Country/Wests in Bundaberg fixtures. Mike Knott BUNCRK

Captain sending team back to nets

COUNTRY/Wests captain Phil Proctor will send his battling line-up back to the practice nets after a disappointing loss against Bundaberg competition leaders Brothers.

Valiant efforts from Dan Faulkner and Steve McKenzie, who notched 35 and 31 respectively, were highlights in an otherwise lacklustre effort from Country Wests.

Country/Wests fell quickly for 159 to a sustained bowling effort from Brothers.

Stephen Grogan led the run chase charge for Brothers with a solid 69 runs from 80 balls, helping his team make short work of their rivals at 4-163.

Proctor said a poor first innings total had made his team easy targets in the encounter.

"At the end of the day, our batting wasn't good enough," he said.

"There were a few of the blokes who made starts but they didn't go on with it."

Proctor said the absence of seasoned batsman Steve Nichols and pace spearhead John Lowe had been felt in the encounter.

Nichols missed the clash due to a personal commitment and Lowe will be sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured leg.

"There were a few away which never helps but I still think we should have been able to finish up with a better total," he said.

"We'll get back into training this week and see if we can improve on that in the next game."

The disappointing outcome comes after Country/Wests broke a six-match losing streak against Norths in the final round before Christmas.

NewsMail Cup victors Across The Waves were too strong for Norths in the second division one fixture on Saturday.

Norths were bowled out for a disappointing 76 runs.

Across The Waves comfortably reeled in the target to be 1-80.



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