Waves surge towards victory
ACROSS the Waves have surged to a commanding lead over Country Wests in the season's first two-day match.
Waves will go into day two with a 92-run lead and five wickets in hand after dominating Wests at Salter Oval on Saturday.
Four wickets from Rhys Grills helped contribute to the Wests batting collapse, which saw the Twenty20 champions finish with a total of just 83 runs.
Country Wests looked nothing like the team that beat Brothers and Waves last weekend as none of their top order batsmen were able to get a start.
Waves had no such dramas, with the openers Miles Donovan and Keegan Lankowski combining for 111 runs to put Waves on pace for a likely victory.
But the damage was done before either player to the crease.
Fresh from their victory in the Twenty20 competition Country Wests batted first at Salter Oval on Saturday morning.
And the misery began early.
Scott Irwin and Travis Henke were unable to get anything going from the start, with the opening duo combining for just nine runs.
A top-order batting collapse saw skipper Mat Fleming come to the crease at 5-46.
Returning from a suspension from last season the skipper tried to steady his side but three wickets fell during his 26-run stand.
Returning captain Brendan Prossliner snatched two wickets in his first game of the year while young-gun Mitch Waters got three.
Across the Waves will continue the match next week, starting on 5-175.
Meanwhile questions will remain about Brothers ability to take wickets without strike bowler Boyd Williams, after the club's division two side scored 172 runs against them on Saturday.
Williams was not bowling yesterday and the Brothers Sharks batsmen were able to pick apart their top-flight clubmates for a respectable score.
Opener Dave Donahue got 58 runs before he was caught off a Mick Parsons delivery.
And top-order batsman Josh McInnes was just two runs short of making his half-century when he was caught behind off an Alistair Rathbon bowl.
When McInnes was caught it the Sharks (2-117) looked set to put on a big total, but Josh Haynes took five wickets from the tail and kept the score to 172.
But their first grade counterparts made light work of reaching the total.
Heavy-hitter Adam Rayner led the charge, smashing 57 off just 23 balls.
Captain David Boge also contributed with 41 runs as his side cruised to a six-wicket win.
He had previously been critical of the batting performances of most of his senior players during last weekend's loss.