STAND-IN captain Aaron Hagenbach is confident Wauchope RSL can continue their strong start to the season.
They haven’t had it all their own way in the opening rounds of the Mid North Coast Premier Cricket League, but they still remain inside the top four ahead of their trip to Wingham.
Hagenbach kept his nerve in the dying stages of their 13-run win over Rovers at Andrews Park last weekend, but he also knows Wingham will provide a stern test in the three-versus-four clash.
‘We will welcome back Bailey from representative duties, but will still be without Matt Miller and Darren Bourke is unlikely to be ready next weekend,” he said.
“However, if we lift like we did last week again, we’ll give ourselves every chance.”
He pointed to their success at Cedar Party Reserve as a reason for their confidence.
“We were one of only two teams that won in Wingham last season,” he said.
With Miller out again, Hagenbach will look to 16-year-old quick Corey Holt to provide some damage with the new ball.
“I was really impressed with Corey. He bowled good corridors and was rewarded,’ the captain said.
Holt claimed four top-order wickets last week which set RSL on their way to victory.
In the field, four catches by Isaac King was a stand-out, including a remarkable one-handed, hanging, backward catch, that was even commended by umpires as a sporting gesture.
First ball on Saturday is at 1pm.
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