Rovers on a roll in premier league cricket

CAPTAIN'S KNOCK: Rovers' skipper Danny Powick was instrumental, reaching 130 in an innings of true substance and character. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.
CAPTAIN'S KNOCK: Rovers' skipper Danny Powick was instrumental, reaching 130 in an innings of true substance and character. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Rovers are building momentum in the Mid North Coast McDonalds Premier Cricket League, claiming their second consecutive win at Kempsey Golf Club on Saturday.

Rovers’ 1st XI comprehensively defeated Port Panthers Pirates, amassing an imposing 8/245 runs from their 40 overs before dismissing the opposition for 122 on a wicket that played inconsistently at times.

Rovers batting laid the foundations for the victory, with Danny Powick playing a masterful captain’s knock, scoring 130. He was well-supported by Mitchell Korn who finished on 34.

When the pair united at the crease, Rovers were four wickets down for not many and looked in trouble.

But the determined duo added 150 much-needed runs before the fall of the next wicket, ensuring Rovers reached a competitive total.

Jared Baldwin also contributed a valuable 28 runs and looked to be in great touch before succumbing to a delivery that pitched and stayed low.

Skipper Powick was pleased with the result and his side’s improved batting performance.

“We batted well, then backed it up by bowling well,” he said.

“We dug deep, got through the tough period and were able to put on some runs.”

After the intermission, the Rovers’ bowling arsenal applied constant pressure and made the most of the variation offered by the pitch.

“We bowled really well,” Powick said.

“We restricted their opening batsmen and top order by bowling good, tight lines.

“The first 20 overs set us up for the win.

“The bowling attack shared the wickets around, which was good.”

Rovers’ bowlers all made meaningful contributions with Matt Scott claiming 2/22, Luke Fuller taking 2/28, Adam Broderick 2/15 and Jared Baldwin also picking up 2/12. 

Powick is hopeful that his youthful side is starting to find its feet at this level.

“I think we’re starting to come together,” he told the Argus.

“The younger guys are beginning to believe they can do it.”