Trent Prossliner saves Waves
FAST bowling spearhead Trent Prossliner came to the rescue with the bat as Across The Waves (ATW) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in their penultimate round clash with Norths on Saturday.
They scraped home by seven runs to retain the lead at the top of the table and move one step closer to the minor premiership.
Meanwhile, Brothers ensured that they could not be beaten for second with a comfortable victory over Country/Wests but they were disappointed to miss out on outright points by a mere one wicket.
Chasing Norths' total of 194, ATW had resumed at 3-43, and they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, including that of Prossliner's elder brother Brendan, who was given a few lives before departing for 64.
At 8-149, they were staring down the barrel of their first defeat in the competition this season, but they again showed why they are such a good team, with No. 9 Trent Prossliner stepping up to the plate in partnership of 42 with Chris Duff.
Trent scored 45, but while Duff contributed only four from 36 balls, he played a great supporting role before being dismissed but not before he and Mitch Waters had scored the remaining required runs.
For Norths, opening bowler Brendan Edwards was outstanding in just his second game for the club, finishing with 5-80 from 20.4 overs, but they will rue a number of dropped catches which cost them the match.
A win would have put Norths into third position on the ladder and given them the inside running to a semi-final berth.
But by the loss, they remain last on the ladder, needing to beat Brothers in the last round as well as relying on ATW to beat Country if they are to advance into the finals.
Batting a second time, Ricky Rochford and Lachlan Donovan combined for an opening partnership of 69 before the former departed for 41, triggering an all-too-familiar Norths collapse of 5-29, before they finished at 5-95.
Brothers resumed at 4-85 in pursuit of Country's modest total of 126, and although they lost Josh McLean for 61 before passing that target, they were always in control.
Matt Turich, who took five wickets in the first innings before coming to the crease the previous week with his side in real trouble at 4-20, was a rock, completing an excellent double with 61 from 173 balls, but his younger brother David top scored with a classy 67.
Country pace spearheads Kyle Stallan and Andrew Gear were shining lights with 5-65 and 4-38 respectively.
But their batting woes continued in their second innings, finishing at 9-113 after Brothers captain David Boge put them in a spin in his 15-over spell of 7-64, and they were saved from outright defeat only by the clock.
ATW 201 (Brendan Prossliner 64, Trent Prossliner 45, Warwick Hawes 33, Brendan Edwards 20.4-2-80-5, Paul Jagger 10-0-32-2) d Norths 194 & 5-95 (Ricky Rochford 41, Lachlan Donovan 32no, Sean Stuchbery 9-0-35-3, Chris Duff 10-1-20-2).
Brothers 253 (David Turich 67, Matt Turich 61, Jarrod Laycock 31, Kyle Stallan 22-4-65-5, Andrew Gear 20.2-3-38-4) d Country 126 & 9-113 (Daniel Faulkner 38, David Boge 15-3-64-7).