Waves rolling on
ACROSS The Waves (ATW) powered on in their quest for the Bundaberg Division 1 minor premiership with a four-wicket win over Country/Wests in their sixth-round clash on Saturday.
But minor premiers of the past 13 seasons, Brothers, stayed in the hunt with a 74-run victory over Norths despite being without two of their best players in newly-chosen Australian Country team member Josh McLean and captain David Boge.
Country were again very competitive with the bat, amassing 213 before being bowled out one short of their allotted 50 overs.
But ATW again toyed with their bowling attack on a "belter" of a pitch, although they lost six wickets in achieving victory with 17 overs to spare.
No.4 Scott Irwin continued his good form for Country with 61 from just 51 balls.
However, too many of his teammates also made starts without capitalising, with apart from captain Phil Proctor, who promoted himself to opener but fell for six, all of their other top six getting into double-figures before losing their wickets.
Some late hitting by No.10 Kyle Stallan pushed the total over the 200-barrier before he was the last man out for 27.
For ATW, opener Shaune Achurch showed that he is starting to find form after returning this season after seven years working in the United States, taking the first two wickets before finishing with 3-41.
With the bat, ATW came out swinging, and they were always in control despite also being without two of their top batsmen in Curtis Janke and Matt Fulton, who opted to play under-16s to hit his straps and he did so with a blazing unbeaten 95.
But at the top, No.3 Brendan Prossliner was all class, striking one six and 11 fours in reaching 92 from 65 balls without giving a chance before miscuing a shot and falling agonisingly short of a century.
Country stuck to their guns but their lack of bowling strike-power was again exposed, although now with just three two-day rounds remaining, they look likely to finish third and loom as a dangerous semi-final opponent if they can finally put it all together in that game.
ATW, on the other hand, slightly increased their points lead over Brothers to more than 13 points, and they will all but seal the minor premiership if they are again able to beat them over the next two Saturdays.
Brothers posted 200 despite being bowled out in 45.1 overs with Norths opener Paul Jagger the main destroyer with 4-13.
After coming in at 1-2, former all-rounder Ben Lanskey got the innings back on track with a Division 1 personal best of 46.
The 17-year-old also claimed a Division 1 career best of 4-40 while 16-year-old Dean Krebs also continued his outstanding form with 3-9, as they routed a much bolstered batting line-up for 126 after opener Ian Botha claimed the first two wickets in his 2-21.
The duo drew praise from bowling spearhead and vice-captain Matt Turich.
"Ben has always bowled well but he batted very well as well - Dean always bowls well," Turich said.