The Wauchope Blue development team continued their good early season form in 2nd grade with a comprehensive win over Magpies.
Batting first Wauchope compiled 8 for 158 from their allotted 38 overs with Brad Baxter 52notout and Mick Gough 23 providing the bulk of the runs.
Luke Holt 4 for 11 off 7 overs and Kade McKenna 1 for 15 off 5 overs then destroyed the top order with some very hostile bowling putting the Magpies on the back foot from the start. Magpies were eventually bowled out for 106 in a great all round performance by Wauchope.
In 3rd grade, Wauchope also had a very good win after batting first and making 9 for 182 off 37 overs with Wayde Coombes 67 and captain John Hamilton 44 providing the bulk of the total. Magpies then finished on 139 as the wickets were evenly shared amongst the Wauchope bowlers.
Name: Mick Gough
Profession: Funeral director
Favourite cricketer: Steve Waugh
Hidden Talent: short notice party provider
Bad habit: undressing at parties
Superstition: must put left pad on first
Most annoying teammate: Baxter, because he makes me say things to the opposition
Highlight playing for WCC: 6 to 7 Grand final wins, playing seniors with my son and the friendships made
Name: Dylan Fuller
Profession: Retail coach
Favourite cricketer: Brett Lee
Hidden talent: Can swing the ball into the wind
Bad Habit: click or rattle objects without my knowledge
Superstition: Right pad must go on first
Most annoying team mate: Don't have one except maybe Brad for sending this survey
Highlight playing for WCC: Taking 5 for last year and winning the game
Round 7 of the MNCC Mcdonalds PremierLeague seen Rovers continue their strong start to the season with a 33-run win over Port City Magpies. Batting first Rovers compiled a very respectable 7 for 213 from only 36 overs with Mitch Korn 81 and Jarrod Prosper 51 hitting the Magpies bowlers to all parts of the ground to set up an imposing total in the rain reduced match.
Brendan Badenoch and Zac Jones were the pick of the bowlers with 3 and 2 wickets respectively. Magpies then had too many batsmen get starts but not go on with it as they were bowled out for 180 in 34 overs. Zac Jones completed a great allround performance to hit 53 but had little support as wickets fell regularly around him. D. Wade picked up 4 wickets for Rovers with Jarrod Prosper also taking 3.
In the local derby Taree United surprised Wingham who were no match for their fierce rivals. Batting first Wingham never really got going and were dismissed for 134 which was below par. B. Cole 38 and R. Morris 32 both got starts but Wingham needed one of them to go on with it to post a competitive total.
Sam Whitbread took 4 for 20 off 7.3 overs. United then chased down the small total only losing 4 wickets in 32.1 overs. Tom Burley made light work of the total playing a lone hand to finish on 72notout.
The match between Wauchope and Pirates at Oxley oval was called off due to wet weather after only 18.1 overs were bowled. Wauchope were 3 for 69 at the time with north coast keeper Darren Bourke looking in good touch to finish on 30 not out.
Next weekend sees the start of the 20/20 rounds with plenty of exciting cricket expected.