Batting struggles continue | Photos

Batting collapses were again the achilles heel for Rovers and Nulla’s Premier League sides on Saturday.

Rovers are still searching for their first victory after they suffered a loss to Macquarie while the Port City Leagues Magpies handed Nulla their second straight defeat.

Nulla posted a total of 117-runs in a match captain Ben Taylor said they were “outplayed” in.

“We need to improve our start and get into contests earlier,” Taylor said.

“Momentum is big in these shorter games and they bowled well so we never got going with the bat.”

The Magpies dropped only one wicket on their way to surpassing the Nulla total in their 19th over with the bat.

Ben Marron (68) and Jesse Schmidt (40) finished unbeaten and did the majority of the damage.

Meanwhile Rovers were missing key players and it played a crucial role in their loss to Macquarie.

Batsmen Ethan Dowling and Jack Bennett were sidelined through injury and aren’t expected to return to action this month.

Macquarie were able to post a total of 254 on the back of Chris Cole’s 83 and Scott Witchard’s 39.

Despite the high score, Rovers captain Danny Powick was still confident in a run chase.

“We were playing on a very fast track and as soon as the ball went by a fielder it was a four,” Powick said.

“So we will believed we were in with a chance of getting the required runs.”

Rovers made a positive start and were 2/80 before the wickets started to fall.

The side attempted to hang in there but ultimately they were dismissed for 157 with 15-overs remaining.

Wicketkeeper Jackson Korn top scored for the side with 39 while Powick added 32 and tail-ender Jarrod Prosper notched 29.

Powick is hopeful Rovers will find consistency with the bat in the coming weeks.

“We haven’t been playing poorly this season despite the scorecard,” Powick said.

“We just need to regain some confidence and then the wins will come.”

Rovers face Wingham at Laurieton Oval while Nulla are against Taree West at Andrew Park this Saturday.