CYMS will tonight look to claim its first piece of first grade silverware in nearly 30 years when the green and golds tackle Orange City in the final of the Royal Hotel Cup at Wade Park.
CYMS have never won a first grade day-night crown, and the last time the club tasted success of any form in the top grade was 28 years ago in 1983-84.
But Twenty20 cricket has been favourable to the green and golds.
Struggling throughout 22 years of the 40-over Royal Hotel Cup, CYMS have shone throughout the 2012-13 Twenty20 version and will tonight enter the final against City as the slight favourites after accounting for the unbeaten Blayney in the semi-final.
CYMS skipper Trent Colley was expecting a tight clash against a tough City side, itself full of confidence after defeating Molong in its semi-final last Friday night.
“I think it’s going to be a cracking game,” Colley said.
“We’ve had some pretty close games this season and I think that’ll continue for the remainder of the season as well. I think it’ll be a great game.”
City captain Matt Findlay backed up Colley’s sentiment.
The big hitting opener has guided his youthful side to three wins from its four 20-over clashes this season, and ominously knocked off a strong Molong side in the last day-night game at Wade Park to arrive as competition contenders.
On the big occasion, Findlay is backing his men.
“The big moments win games in Twenty20,” he said.
“Whether it be a run out or a screamer, Twenty20 is a momentum game and one thing can swing that momentum.
“We’re expecting a hard, exciting game of cricket and it’ll probably come down to the side who prepares better.”
The big moments require big game players, and both sides boast plenty.
Luke Clarke hammered 61 in quick time to rocket CYMS to the grand final while for Orange City, Shaun Grenfell has been a rock with the bat averaging 41.5 over the course of the Twenty20 season.
Colley identified vice-captain Dave Neil as a crucial cog in CYMS’ batting line-up, complimenting the hitting of the likes of Clarke and Nick Wright with the kind of batting that “held the innings together” in previous games.
With the ball, Adam Brakenridge, a Royal Hotel Cup winner with Waratahs, leads the way for his new club Orange City with six wickets while Chris Novak has been miserly, taking five wickets with a remarkable economy rate of 3.87 for CYMS.
Colley believes the deciding factor in tonight’s clash will be which ever side recognises the big moments and seizes the opportunity.
“If Twenty20 is all about momentum, then we have to recognise the fact if we have the momentum, then we need to capitalise on it,” he said.
Tonight’s final begins at 6.30pm at Wade Park.