Nulla looks to build on their impressive win

Shot: A Nulla batsman connects with the ball in a match earlier this season. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.
Shot: A Nulla batsman connects with the ball in a match earlier this season. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Nulla enter their Premier League clash with the fourth-placed Wauchope RSL searching for consecutive victories before having a bye the following week.

A win would result in Nulla improving to three victories from six contests this season and potentially put them in a finals spot approaching the mid-season break for Christmas and New Year’s.

The sixth placed Nulla earned an impressive victory in their last start with three key players, who they are hoping will return this Saturday, on the sidelines.

Opening bowler Scott Castle, all-rounder Dan Baker and wicket-keeper Bryce Widdison are on schedule for a return.

“Scott Castle is chomping at the bit to get the ball back in his hands,” Nulla’s captain Ben Taylor said.

“He has overcame a back niggle and is keen to dethrone some top orders.”

Baker started the season strong prior to his injury and was the top run scorer for Nulla while he also added crucial wickets.

Widdison is still battling a thumb injury but is hopeful of putting the gloves on and standing behind the stumps.

Taylor claims Nulla player Dan Morrison will have a big impact in this game and his involvement will be crucial to the club securing the victory.

“Dan is primed for a big game against his old club,” Taylor said.

“His knowledge of their team will be valuable this week.

“Two wins in a row leading into the bye is what we’re aiming for.”

Nulla will be on the road for the contest but they have played on the round seven meeting with Wauchope will mark the third time Nulla will play on the Andrews Park pitch.

“Andrews Park has been in great condition this season so winning the toss shouldn’t matter too much on Saturday,” Taylor said.

“We won’t have any changes to our plan, hopefull we get a nice start with the bat or put some pressure on with the ball.”

Rovers will also be in action this Saturday as they look to hand Taree West consecutive losses against the Macleay sides.

The last placed Rovers are searching for the first victory of the season with the match to be held at a neutral ground at Oxley Oval.

Rovers’ Premier League side has been hampered by inconsistent play and injuries but they are hoping for the return of key players Ethan Dowling and Jack Bennett form injury.

Dowling and Bennett are important batsman but they haven’t been in action for the last fortnight.

Both matches begin at 1.30pm with each side facing 50 overs in the one-day format.