Waves on track for clean sweep
ACROSS The Waves captain/coach David Jones has his sights set on a season clean sweep of Bundaberg Cricket Division 1 silverware after they reclaimed the Division 1 NewsMail Cup on Sunday.
ATW had too many guns for Brothers in the final, winning by 20 runs to end their archrival's run of six straight Cup titles even though they were without Curtis Janke, who is widely regarded as their best batsman.
It also capped a return to their glory days since Jones came out of retirement and returned to the club last season after a 13-year absence, during which he captained Brothers to their maiden Division 1 premiership in 1998, a successful title defence and a number of other trophies over six years.
But he master-minded the end of their six-year premiership reign when he led ATW to victory over them in the grand final in March after Brothers had beaten them for the minor title.
ATW started the new season by making it back-to-back Twenty20 titles.
They were beaten by Past Grammars, of Maryborough, in the Sugar Cities Challenge final last month, but they now have a handy lead on the points ladder and with five rounds to go, and are on track to end Brothers' run of 13 straight minor premierships.
Jones said he was "extremely disappointed" with their batting effort "especially after the start we had".
"But we managed to scrape together 190 which proved enough. We bowled well and fielded well, especially early, and the run-out (of Brothers' captain David Boge on his first ball) was vital," Jones said.
"Trent Prossliner was my Man of the Match - he got early wickets (four), but Matt Gavin bowled well again but got nothing.
"He beat the bat more but Trent got the nicks.
"Matt Fulton also bowled well in patches.
"It's been a good year. We won the big dance in March and featured in every final and I think I can say we are nearly up there where Brothers have been for so long.
"But there is nothing between the sides, although we have more variety in our attack.
"But David Boge did a magnificent job as captain to bowl in that situation, 0-50, with an attacking field, and he bowled very, very, very, very well and got Fulton, (Callum) Stitt and (Brendan) Prossliner, and he bowled Dean Krebs who got four.
"Jarrod Laycock also deserves special mention (93 not out off 74 balls) and I don't think he and Boge deserve to be a losing side, but that's cricket.
"Now we will push on to the big one at the end of the season, and I dare say we'll probably play Brothers again, and we'll have to play well again to win it."
Waves also took out the Division 3 Cup but were beaten by Past Highs in the Division 2 decider, while Country/Wests prevailed in Division 4.