THE start of the Orange District Cricket Association season has been one for the ages, no doubt.
Cavaliers’ pair Richie Venner and James Ryan hammering 0-362 against Waratahs is a mark that’ll take some serious toppling - the fact it came in 40 overs is unlikely to see such a partnership bettered in one-day cricket.
Venner’s unbeaten 222 and Ryan’s knock of 128 not out were both personal bests for the hard hitting openers.
But for all the highs the Cavs boys enjoyed last weekend in their 260-run rout, spare a thought for Tahs.
Poor old Waratahs.
A team on the rebound following three summers toiling away in the ODCA wilderness, Waratahs bit the bullet in 2013-14 and decided on a comeback to the competition’s premier grade.
It was always going to be tough.
Waratahs’ only senior team last summer won just the one match while in 2011-12, the two blues didn’t field a senior side at all.
Still, the desire to return and work hard has been there.
Drawing on a mix of players who played third grade last season as well as a few Waratahs old boys who are coming back to the club in an attempt to re-build, last Saturday’s hammering was hardly the reward for pre-season effort Tahs were looking for.
I doubt they were expecting a win.
But surely no one tipped a 260-run record-breaking loss.
Any start would have been better than that.
Unfortunately, it’s likely Tahs could face another hammering of this stature this summer, with the gulf between the top teams and those likely to miss the finals far greater than most of the previous summers of cricket.
Cavs, City and CYMS will run through a lot of teams this season.
But surely there’s more in the kennel than what ran out on the weekend for Tahs? Surely the players on the end of it have a point to prove?
I’m told Waratahs have close to five or six cricketers that weren’t available for round one, ready and waiting to go ahead of their next game on Saturday.
If that’s the case, they’ll have to be ready.
Because it doesn’t get any easier for Tahs with defending premiers City up next in a one-day game at Jack Brabham 1.
But before that though, Waratahs again tackle Cavs this time in the opening round of the Royal Hotel Cup, the ODCA’s Twenty20 competition.
With a spirited, competitive and much improved showing in the shortest form of the game, Friday night is the perfect chance for Tahs to signal they won’t be the push overs many in cricket circles are saying they will be this summer.
But aside from proving a point to the rest of the cricketing community, they need to prove it to themselves.
It’ll be a long, long year if the Cavs result is repeated on a weekly basis.
Hopefully Friday night gives the Waratahs something to play for in 2013-14.