Rovers captain Danny Powick described his side’s 13-run loss against Wauchope RSL on Saturday as an “opportunity missed”.
Rovers had their chances to stamp their authority on the game but failed to get the upper hand in the key moments.
After losing the toss, Rovers started strong as they picked up early wickets with the ball. However, Powick claims the bowlers weren’t able to maintain the momentum.
“We had them on the back foot early but we didn’t bowl our best and it allowed them to get back into the game,” Powick said.
“If we are to be competitive with the best teams then we need to bowl better than we did.
“The Wauchope pitch offers a bit for the bowlers but we didn’t bowl to the spots we should have.”
Despite not bowling their best, Rovers dismissed Wauchope in the 38th over for 160 runs.
A chase-able total was in reach when Jye Woodger (30), Lachlan Dowling (26) and Danny Powick (43) combined to score most of the runs but unfortunately Rovers ran out of wickets as they were dismissed 14 runs short of victory with eight overs remaining.
Powick admits his side needs to perform better in the instrumental moments of games.
“We lack that finishing touch, we put ourselves in position to win games but we don’t seem to take too many of our opportunities,” Powick said.
“That’s the whole competition though, there isn’t much between the teams.
“We need to find a way to string a few wins together and build some confidence and momentum and then I think we will be able to do big things in this competition, we have a team full of great players and we need to show it on the cricket pitch.”
Powick pointed out the side needs to also play smarter.
“We were dismissed with eight overs remaining and only 14 runs short of a victory, we need to dig in a bit more and play to what we are chasing and not put pressure on our tail to score runs,” he said.
Rovers face Macleay rivals Nulla this Saturday.
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