Prossliner century icing on cake
RAIN curtailed the last round of Bundaberg Cricket fixtures on the weekend, with only 80 minutes of play possible in Division 1 and all but one of the minor grade matches totally washed out.
But it was enough time for Brendan Prossliner to finally crack his thoroughly deserved first century of the season for Across The Waves, who had ended Brothers' run of 13 straight minor premierships on day one of the game a week earlier.
After the restart of play was delayed by one hour due to morning rain, Prossliner took his score from 62 to an unbeaten 126 against Country/Wests, adding a further 91 runs in an unbroken partnership with Australian schools representative Matt Fulton, who finished on 27.
But the match was abandoned after the rain returned and set in.
Since Christmas, Prossliner has scored an unbeaten 22, 92, 79 and 64, and with his ton, he also snared the association's batting aggregate award, finishing with 619 at an average of 61.9 and beat clubmate Sean Stuchbery (566 at 47.20) for the trophy.
Defending champions Waves will now contest the grand final on March 10-11 against the winner of this weekend's semi-final.
And after an unbeaten minor premiership, they will be favourites to go all the way.
They lost one match in the Sugar Cities Challenge rounds and also the final of that competition against Past Grammars, of Maryborough, in November, but captain-coach David Jones is now eyeing a clean sweep of local silverware.
Waves made it back-to-back Twenty20 titles to start the season and also defeated Brothers in the NewsMail Cup final in December.
"It is the first time Brothers have not held one Division 1 trophy for 18 years, but the grand final is the big one and we don't want to let that one slip," Jones said.
Brothers will be seeking to book a place in their 18th straight Division 1 decider when they contest the semi-final.
They will take on Country/Wests, who hung on to third place, a mere 2.15 points in front of Norths, who needed to beat Brothers on Saturday to edge out the Panthers.
But Norths' match ended in a draw with Brothers reaching 3-150 after resuming at 1-81, before it was abandoned.
But Norths never got the chance to attack as the wet conditions restricted them to using their spinners instead of being able to go all-out with pace.
Norths 197 drew Brothers 3-150 (Andrew Grogan 28, Josh Nugent 27no, Paul Jagger 7-1-15-2).
ATW 5-239 (Brendan Prossliner 126no, Matt Fulton 27no, Kyle Stallan 21-3-86-3) d Country 117.