Mid North Coast Premier Cricket League: Rovers defeat Port Pirates by 123 runs

Tough day: Pirates captain Ben Woodward admitted his side was a bowler short in Kempsey on Saturday.
Tough day: Pirates captain Ben Woodward admitted his side was a bowler short in Kempsey on Saturday.

ROVERS captain Danny Powick dug his side out of trouble before they cruised to a 123-run win over Port Pirates in Kempsey on Saturday.

Coming to the crease with his side reeling at 4-25, Powick bludgeoned his way to an impressive century as Rovers finished 8-245 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Pirates were bowled out in the 37th over for just 122.

Pirates captain Ben Woodward said his side had no answers to Powick’s power-hitting.

“He moved across and took balls from outside off stump and whipped them across to the leg side,” he said.

“We were always behind the eight-ball because it was quite hard to contain him with the short square boundaries.”

Mick Foster (2-16 off eight overs) was the best of the Pirates bowlers who managed to avoid the carnage.

Woodward admitted his team didn’t have someone capable of taking the game away from an opposition in the way Powick did.

“We’ve got guys that can score hundreds, but unfortunately we don’t have someone that will score one in 70 balls,” he said.

“But it was good to see Tom Connolly (20) and Ambrose Humphreys (22) spend some time out in the middle and score some runs.”

Connor Cook (2-50 off eight overs) bounced back in his second spell after copping some “tap” in his first couple of overs.

“He came back really well in his second spell after he got some tap first up,” Woodward said.

“It’s a good indicator how you come back from something like that that shows what you’re made of.”​