Williams hits mark with bat
USUALLY it is with the ball that Boyd Williams leaves his mark on the game, but he showed he could get the job done with the bat.
Chasing Across The Waves small but competitive total of 172 Brothers were looking shaky, five wickets down with 30 to get.
But Williams and English import Chris Powell, who was nursing a back injury, knocked off the remaining runs with an assured innings with 13 overs still remaining.
“We definitely needed it (Williams’ innings),” Brothers captain David Boge said.
Mick Parsons found some form, smashing 41 and Jarrod Laycock also made a bright start but fell before reaching 40.
When Mitch Sartori holed out off Brendan Prossliner’s off-spin Waves could sniff an upset win.
Prossliner opted not to return to first choice bowler Liam Denning with the game nearing a conclusion, instead throwing the ball to Zac Keune. The move didn’t pay off, with Keune bowling a nine-ball over and the pressure releasing off the batsmen.
Denning eventually returned to the crease but some great stroke play from Williams and Powell got the side home.
Earlier a Keune half century was the shining light for Waves, although he had some luck with Brothers ‘keeper Laycock spilling two tough chances.
“I batted fairly well until I got to about 40 then it wasn’t too flash,” Keune said.
“We gave them a scare at least but it would have been nice to get the win.”
Boge took 4-27 and Eddie Butcher restricted Waves from freeing their shoulders.
“We couldn’t get him away he was bowling really tight and not giving any room,” Keune said.
All the Across The Waves bowlers chipped in, but a sub-180 total was never really enough when up against a batting line up of such depth.
Meanwhile Country Wests long run without a game continued on Saturday when division two side Alloway forfeited.
The disappointing result means they have not been in the middle since December 12, after not qualifying for the NewsMail Cup final, Christmas break and a wash out have marred their schedule so far.