CENTRALS co-captain Mick Walker is confident his side can start the 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association first grade season against Kinross well if they abide by the simplest of formulas.
“It’s the first game of the season ... we’ve just got to go out there and get more runs than them,” Walker said ahead of the opening one-day game of the summer.
“I think it’s just like any game - go out there and make sure everyone is switched on from the start.”
Initially looking at playing the ODCA season in second grade, Kinross will play out the season in the top flight and kick-off their 2013-14 campaign at KWS Main Oval against the 2010-11 and 2011-12 champions.
Kinross, however, had the wood over Centrals in 2012-13.
The students won in January by seven wickets and then again by 107 runs in the final round in March.
Mid-week Kinross coach Andrew Litchfield signalled his side’s intentions to be at the very least competitive throughout 2013-14.
Going on last year’s results, Walker has no doubt that’ll be the case this summer.
“They managed to do really well last year,” he said.
“If they’ve got a largely similar line-up to last season’s then I think they can draw on what they did well and use it this season. It’ll make everyone wary. I think all teams will be going out there and giving their best against Kinross.”
Centrals played the majority of last year’s competition with a depleted line-up.
While that’ll again be the case in 2013-14, this season’s initial XI should see the red and blacks start the season reasonably well.
Along with the likes of Nick Dunlop, Chris Hutchinson, Wes Roweth and young all-rounder Jake Pauletto, Walker, a former Orange opening batsman, will be key for Centrals in their bid to performing with the bat.
Perhaps not as vital with the willow, Dan Sandford’s contribution on the field will be just as crucial.
“He’s quickly developed into one of the senior players at the club,” Walker said.
“He’s obviously a big help and is leading on the field as well as off it.”
Centrals take on Kinross today from 1pm.