SOUTH Wagga’s coach Joel Robinson made short work of Wagga RSL’s batsmen, taking five wickets and three maiden overs in his team’s victory at Wagga Cricket Ground on Saturday.
RSL’s Nick Grant was just as impressive on the bowling front, taking six wickets and four maiden overs, and finishing off South Wagga’s top scorer Robert Harper who was bowled out on 39.
South Wagga could only manage 118 before being bowled out, but it was enough to secure their second win of the season.
Joe Kenny (30) and Josh Mulligan (16 not out) played some promising cricket but Wagga RSL fell short of their target by 27 runs.
Nathan Cooke drew the first blood, and Robinson did the real damage, finishing with 5-13 off eight overs.
Robinson’s performance was one of the highlights of the match, and yet he was pretty modest about it, adamant it was a one-off blitz.
On the batting front there’s much room for improvement according to Robinson.
“Our top order still needs some work, it’s good we’re winning games without the help of the top order, but in future we need to take the pressure off the lower order," he said.
Robinson and Louis Orr were out for a duck and Mitchell Sykes (3) didn’t do much better.
A middle order partnership between Nathan Cooke and Robert Harper renewed South Wagga’s hopes.
“That saved us, two weeks in a row Cookey got us out of trouble,” Robinson said.
“We played nowhere near our best,” so it’s onwards and upwards for South Wagga according to Robinson.
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