RSL sits atop the cricket table

Flick off the legs: Tim Harris gets a ball away on Saturday. Pic: MATTHEW ATTARD
Flick off the legs: Tim Harris gets a ball away on Saturday. Pic: MATTHEW ATTARD
Line and length: Ben Woodward bowls for Port Panthers PIrates in first grade at Oxley Oval on Saturday.

Line and length: Ben Woodward bowls for Port Panthers PIrates in first grade at Oxley Oval on Saturday.

WAUCHOPE RSL shot to the top of the Hastings River District Cricket Association ladder with a win over Camden Haven on Saturday at Laurieton Oval.

RSL scored 7-207 from its 40 overs before rolling Haven for just 120 in reply.

Matt Miller (44) and Nathan Lyon (42) were the most successful batsmen for RSL, before the bowlers shared the wickets.

Former skipper Todd Dalton took three wickets for RSL. Blake Larance and Matt Broderick captured two each and Jason Blythe and Daniel Morrison singles.

Haven's opening batsman Sam Kerr made 37 but there weren't enough other serious contributions to get the team over the line.

Kerr's top-order partner Daniel Minns scored 22. The next highest score was 16 and that came from number nine Brad Smith.

RSL captain Brad Baxter was pleased to get the win, but he said the opposition was under-strength.

Anthony Turner and Daniel Stone were missing from Camden Haven.

"They're their two best batsmen," Baxter said.

Still, you have to beat what the other team puts on the park.

"I can't complain too much," Baxter said. "Everyone's doing their job."

There's a long way to go in season 2013-14 but Baxter is happy with how the side is going at the moment. Everyone is chipping in with bat and ball.

Baxter said his team was still a "fair way" behind the Port City Leagues Magpies and Macquarie Hotel.

"They'd be the favourites to win the comp, I'd say," Baxter said.

Winning matches will keep his team up there though. Baxter had some firepower he couldn't even call upon on Saturday.

He rates Andrew Murrell as his best bowler, but he only batted on Saturday thanks to a calf niggle.

He'll play the same role again next Saturday against Comboyne at Andrews Park.

"He's dangerous," Baxter said of Murrell. "He swings the ball both ways."

The Magpies and Macquarie Hotel were the other winners on Saturday.

Port City scored 5-265 before knocking the Pirates over for 193 at Oxley Oval.

Chris Cole took five wickets for the Pies after captain Tim Harris had scored 86.

Macquarie Hotel meanwhile cruised past Comboyne's low total of 67 to win by five wickets at Wayne Richards Park.

Pick up Wednesday's Port News for coverage on all the action from the lower grades