Gavin's pace fuels tidal wave
SEVENTEEN-year-old paceman Matt Gavin was the destroyer, claiming 5-21 for Across The Waves, to send Brothers packing for a miserable total of 73 in the Bundaberg Division 1 grand final on Saturday.
Waves then powered to their second straight Division 1 title, replying with 256 on the back of the trusty bat of No.3 Brendan Prossliner who capped an outstanding season with a superb knock of 113, before the match was abandoned yesterday.
Most had expected a close battle for the crown but after Brothers won the toss and elected to bat on a 'belter' of a pitch, opener Gavin struck twice in successive balls in his third over.
Then when Prossliner's younger brother Trent removed Australian Country representative Josh McLean in the next over, Brothers slumped to 3-8, and they never recovered, being bundled out inside 35 overs in by far their worst batting performance for years.
In contrast, Waves produced a very professional batting display, led by Prossliner, who came to the crease when opener Warwick Hawes retired hurt after facing just 14 balls.
The stylish left-hander reeled off his second straight century, facing 143 balls and despatching 13 fours and one six along the way, carrying the score to 4-200, before Waves lost 7-56.
But by then, the game was long won.
Prossliner was beaten for the man of the match award by Gavin but he did not mind one bit.
Gavin, who started with the club in under-10s and has just started a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science course at University, starred in both Waves Division 2 and under-16 grand final wins last year.
He had taken just seven wickets for the team all season but had produced some superb all-round performances at representative level, including the Queensland Country under-17 team, and he said it was "just one of those days".
"The ball came out all right - I shortened my run-up and learnt a bit from going to the Gabba and watching Australian cricketers, especially Ben Hilfenhaus, and I have already played a third grade game for Wynnum," Gavin said.