WARATAHS skipper Adam Brakenridge is hoping tonight’s Royal Hotel Cup clash against Cavaliers will give his side the chance to redeem themselves.
Tahs ended up on the wrong end of a 260-run loss last Saturday, with Cavaliers’ 0-362 first innings hammering of the Waratahs’ attack a new all-time Orange District Cricket Association partnership record.
But tonight’s Twenty20 is a different kettle of fish.
And Brakenridge was confident Waratahs’ will be a much more competitive force than the side that spent most of last weekend fishing cricket balls out of the creek off Ploughman’s Lane.
“We’re looking to bounce back,” Brakenridge fired.
“We’ve talked a bit and it’s a good chance for us to gain back some of that integrity after the pumping we copped.”
Naturally, Twenty20 lends itself to aggressive cricketers.
Brakenridge says Tahs have an abundance of those, adding the shortest form of cricket probably suits Waratahs more than any other the ODCA will toss up.
“Guys like Rexy (Cochrane), Rippan (Shulka) and Nick Frail are aggressive players. We’re probably more settled in Twenty20,” he said.
Despite the success of last weekend’s record-breaking win, Cavaliers skipper Richie Venner believes his side will be made to work tonight at Wade Park.
“It’s a different form of cricket. It’s shorter obviously and things can change pretty quickly. We still have to work hard to execute well,” Venner said, coming of an unbeaten 222 against Waratahs.
Venner believes the trick in T20 cricket is to keep the batsmen on their toes.
“You don’t want to allow batsmen to get used to the one type of bowling. If they’re on top of one bowler you’re going to change it pretty quickly,” he revealed.
The game begins at 6.30pm.