Cricket: Wauchope RSL defeat Taree West in Mid North Coast Premier League action

Back on track: Wauchope RSL captain Matt Day was impressed at how his side bounced back in Taree on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Back on track: Wauchope RSL captain Matt Day was impressed at how his side bounced back in Taree on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko

WAUCHOPE RSL returned to the winners list with a comfortable 51-run win over Taree West on Saturday.

After captain Matt Day won the toss and elected to bat first, everyone chipped in as Wauchope compiled a respectable 9-162.

Despite being without strike bowler Matt Miller, RSL’s bowlers got the job done and dismissed Taree for 111.

Tony Brown and Bailey Smith were the pick of the bowlers.

“Bailey bowled really well and Browny got another four-fa so the burglar strikes again,” Day said.

“It was one of those really good team performances.

“To make 160 isn’t a bad score and we’d back ourselves to protect it most days of the week and especially without Matty Miller it was a great performance.”

Day said Wauchope put the squeeze on after Taree started the chase in encouraging fashion before the brakes were applied.

“They were 1-30, then at drinks were 7-60 so we did a really good job in the middle overs and once we got a couple of wickets we kept the roll on.”

The loss came at a price for Day’s side, with top order batsman Nathan Lyon suffering an ankle injury which is expected to sideline him for a couple of weeks.

“We’ve got a bye next week and Nath Lyon hurt himself pretty bad with ankle ligament damage so he’ll be out for three to four weeks which is a shame,” Day said.

The captain was pleased his side bounced back from two-straight losses.

“It was crucial we moved past that disappointing performance from last week and I think we did that,” he said.