Woeful Waves fall to pieces
Across The Waves lost 9-17 against Country Wests in one hectic hour on Saturday afternoon at Salter Oval.
The capitulation put a severe dent in their finals aspirations and broke somewhat of a voodoo in Bundaberg cricket this season.
Until Saturday, every team batting first – in Twenty20, two-day and one-day cricket – had lost.
It looked as if that trend was destined to continue when Wests were scuttled for just 126.
Wests skipper Mat Fleming gambled at the toss, opting to bat first on a pitch that was hardly a batting paradise.
The decision looked to have backfired, especially when Waves were coasting at 1-52 off 11 overs.
But Phil Proctor’s run out of Brendan Prossliner instigated an amazing collapse.
Waves were all out for 69 after seemingly being assured of victory.
Prossliner (43 from 40) was cruising until he misjudged a run and was out in a tight decision.
The next highest score was four – a clear reflection of how the game panned out.
Young paceman Kyle Stallan (3-8) turned it around for Wests, bowling tightly before removing Lachlan Donovan, Zac Keune and Curtis Janke.
Wests were understandably elated with their great escape, but Waves were left with a sour taste in their mouths.
“It’s pretty hard to sum up really,” Waves bowler Rhys Grills said.
“You get 50-50 calls all the time, but when they go against your best two batsmen it’s hard to come back from,” Grills said, referring to the dismissals of Prossliner and Curtis Janke.
Nevertheless Waves only had themselves to blame after a string of errant shots brought about the downfall of their middle and lower order.
It was the last time the two sides will play each other this season, unless the teams meet in the final.
“It was an amazing win really. We seemed out of it at drinks, but we knew if we could just get a couple of wickets we’d be right back in it,” Fleming said.
“None of us expected them to collapse like that, but it’s a credit to us for lifting our intensity, bowling tightly and holding all our catches.”
Injured bowler Mitch Waters was ruled out before play began, while Trent Prossliner was also unavailable.
Nathan Sarnadsky did a good job in their absence, taking the new ball and picking up the first three wickets.
Liam Denning back him up well with 3-21, helping set up what should have been a win for Waves.