Trent cuts loose
FIERY quick Trent Prossliner produced an inspired bowling performance to lay the platform as Across The Waves scored a 20-run win over Brothers in the Division 1 NewsMail Cup final yesterday.
Brothers have contested the Cup final every year since its inception in 1996-97 and they were trying to win it for the seventh year in a row and add to their 11 titles.
But ATW won the toss and were bowled out for what their captain-coach David Jones said was a below par 190 in the last of their allotted 50 overs.
However, they gained the whip-hand, courtesy of a superb opening spell of 4-21 by Prossliner, with his elder brother and fill-in wicket-keeper Brendan sharing in three of those wickets with catches.
Coupled with the first-ball run out of their captain David Boge from a superb direct-hit by Chris Duff, Brothers were reeling at 5-34.
And when they lost their eighth wicket with the score on 85, they were on life-support.
Jarrod Laycock stepped up to the plate with the bat, smashing seven sixes and five fours to get them within reach. But they were ultimately dismissed for 170 with Laycock finishing unbeaten seven runs shy of a deserved century from just 77 balls.
Matt Fulton, who returned home last week after touring West Indies with the Australian Schools 16-years team, missed out with the bat, being well stumped by Queensland Country keeper Josh McLean off spinner Boge.
But he snared the vital wicket of Matt Turich and also ended the innings when he had tail-ender Ian Botha caught by Duff, finishing with 2-26 from his 6.4 overs.
Mitchell Waters also chipped in with two wickets.
Earlier, ATW failed to capitalise fully on a great start with no-one able to go on with the job after openers Sean Stuchbery and Callum Stitt laid the foundations with a partnership of 54.
They were dismissed for 24 and 22 respectively, while Warwick Hawes, South Queensland under-17 all-rounder Matt Gavin and Nathan Sarnadsky each also departed for 22.
But despite being injured and batting down the order at No. 10, specialist opener Jones ultimately proved a match winner with 37 from just 32 balls, dominating in a last-wicket partnership of 37.
Fresh from his selection in the state side along with Fulton after being the leading wicket-taker at the Queensland under-16 championships, Dean Krebs made the initial breakthrough for Brothers before going on to finish with 4-31 from his 10 overs.
Boge was also at his crafty best, also removing Stitt and Brendan Prossliner in his 3-34, while Laycock bowled well for the figures of 2-25 from 7.2 overs.
But all honours belonged to Waves as they notched their fourth Division 1 Cup victory, adding to their titles of 1999, 2002 and 2004, and Jones praised their character.
Waves also claimed the Division 3 NM Cup with a comprehensive final victory over Brothers Pink but they were well beaten by Past Highs in the Division 2 Cup.
Country/Wests accounted for defending champions Isis in a hard-fought Division 4 Cup decider.