Wauchope RSL still a chance of Mid North Coast Premier Cricket League finals qualification

Bat on ball: Wauchope RSL's Manning Lawrie has been one of the younger players given an opportunity throughout the season.
Bat on ball: Wauchope RSL's Manning Lawrie has been one of the younger players given an opportunity throughout the season.

IT is only faint, but there is still a heartbeat on the monitor for Wauchope RSL’s Mid North Coast Premier Cricket League campaign.

Results over the last two weeks have gone in their favour and a win this Saturday over Taree West will give them the best chance of progressing to the semi-finals.

Should they lose, they will bow out.

Wauchope can finish in 61 points which could be enough if Port City lose both their games (to Macquarie and Wingham) and Taree West can manage only one win from their remaining two games.

Taree and Wauchope clash at Andrews Park before the Taree side finish with a match against Pirates next weekend.

A Macquarie win over Nulla in the final round would see the Kempsey side also finish on 61 points.

Matt Day’s men are currently on 52 points and have the bye next week which will provide a guaranteed three points.

“If we were playing poker, we’ve got a chip and a chair. We’re still in the game,” Day said.

“The first focus for us will be getting the win first and then worrying about everything else later.”

The same squad of 12 will play for a third straight week which had been a contributing factor in Wauchope’s late-season charge.

Weather and washouts could play a determining role in who qualifies for the first finals series of the new competition.

“There are a few avenues for us to get into the finals, but if next week is washed out, we will be done for the year,” Day said.​

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