Waters, Grills lead wicket tally
The big names at Brothers stole most of the headlines early in the Bundaberg Cricket Association season, but as the start of the one-day competition beckons it has been an unlikely pair from Across the Waves who have proved most effective with the ball.
While barely used Brothers paceman Boyd Williams is still most likely to strike fear into the hearts of opposing batsmen, according to My Cricket statistics it is Waves pair Mitchell Waters and Rhys Grills who lead the wicket tally.
That statistic was backed up by their opponent this weekend, Country Wests captain Mat Fleming.
“It’s just application by those guys. They bowl a good line and a good length and they let the batsman make an error,” Fleming said.
“They are not overly fast bowlers and you can score runs against them, but you can’t afford to make a mistake.”
Waters leads the competition in wickets taken in division one. The left-arm swing bowler has dismissed 19 opposing batsmen in 10 matches at an average of 22.11.
Now in his second year in division one, Waters said his confidence levels had soared since entering the league as a 17-year-old last season.
“The first year was a bit scratchy, playing against men. They hit the ball harder and they know how to get in the head of a bowler,” he said.
“But you start to get a better idea of how they play and how you can attack certain batsmen.”
And playing under the pressure of Waves’ strong bowling attack has helped him achieve more consistency.
“If you’re getting knocked around you’re going to get pulled because there are a lot of guys ready to replace you,” Waters said.
One of the bowlers who will be pushing Waters ahead is Rhys Grills, who has taken 17 wickets this season.
The veteran right-arm trundler is an important part of a Waves bowling attack that includes both Trent and Brendan Prossliner and has Fleming on guard.
“We just can’t afford to make mistakes and give away cheap wickets. You’ve got to be patient,” Fleming said.
Impatience, giving away easy wickets and poor application were three major problems in Wests’ troublesome two-day campaign, which ended with just one victory.
Now the captain is putting the pressure on his senior players to stand up and deliver in the one-day season.
“It’s up to our senior guys to lead the way and let the young guys go out and have some fun,” he said.