Rovers confident of turning the tables

Finals time: Rovers take on Nulla in a grand final qualifier this weekend with the losing side to face the winner of Frederickton and Kempsey Heights. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Finals time: Rovers take on Nulla in a grand final qualifier this weekend with the losing side to face the winner of Frederickton and Kempsey Heights. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Rovers claimed the minor premiership in the first grade competition but they are wary of their opponents as they head into their grand final qualifier against Nulla this weekend.

Nulla came out victorious in their last meeting on the back of a dominant bowling display.

Rovers were restricted to 61 runs in their first innings with nine of their 11 batsmen unable to enter double digits.

However, Rovers captain Ethan Dowling believes the side has bounced back from the loss and they proved it on the weekend with their come from behind victory over Kempsey Heights to secure top spot on the ladder.

“We headed into the weekend 50 runs behind Heights and Zeb Johnson came up big for us with the bat in hand as he scored a century,” Dowling explained.

“But where we really impressed was with our bowling.”

“It hasn’t been our strongest area but to bowl Heights out for only 20 runs in the second innings to secure victory was very pleasing.”

Dowling says if the side is able to bowl anywhere near the level they did against the Heights then he is very confident of a victory.

“Hopefully we bat first and can put some runs on the board, putting pressure on the Nulla batsmen,” Dowling said.

Nulla will head into the match on a low, after they were the first side to lose against Frederickton in the first grade competition.

The upset cost Nulla the minor premiership but they will have a chance to bounce back this weekend and secure a grand final spot.

Frederickton earned their victory against Nulla by posting their best innings total in first grade, a 244 off their 50 overs.

The side bowled tight to restrict Nulla to 181 and earn the first innings win.

They are hoping to continue their form into their elimination final with Kempsey Heights.

There only three runs separating the two sides in their first innings totals in their last meeting, with Heights coming away from the game victorious.

It shapes up to be an enticing opening weekend of finals in the Macleay Valley cricket first grade competition.

If the matches are cancelled due to the weather, the higher ranked side in each match will be declared the winner. 

Rovers finished the regular season in first place will advance through to the grand final, while Nulla will face the third placed Kempsey Heights with Frederickton eliminated after they finished in last place.

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