By NICK McGRATH
IT may not have looked it at the time, but last Saturday’s Orange District Cricket Association first round one wicket loss against CYMS will come as a blessing in disguise for Matt Findlay and his Orange City teammates.
The Warriors today play Waratahs.
Last weekend Tahs found themselves on the end of a record-breaking 0-362 opening wicket stand between Cavaliers pair Richie Venner and James Ryan, and Orange City could be forgiven for thinking the newest side on the ODCA block may not be up to it this summer.
But that train of thought hasn’t entered the Orange City camp this week.
Not after a loss.
Looking to get their premiership defence back on track, Findlay will have the Warriors firing in an attempt to win their first game of the 2013-14 summer today at Jack Brabham 1.
“There’s still some good cricketers in that team,” Findlay warned.
“We won’t go into the game lightly, but it’s still difficult to prepare because we don’t know who we’re going to be up against.”
One player Findlay is certain will be there is former teammate Adam Brakenridge.
The right-arm quick is part of the furniture out at Waratahs and his defection back to the two blues for this summer was all but a given when the club signalled its intention to return.
Admitting taking on premiers Orange City a week after Cavaliers was a “double whammy straight up”, Brakenridge was still looking forward to the clash.
“It’ll be good to play them, I’m pretty good mates with them after playing with City last season,” he said.
“I’d say I’ll cop a bit of stick.”
“I’d say there will be a bit of friendly banter,” the City captain added.
“When Brako came over to us we knew if Waratahs came back he’d go back over. Everyone still loves him.”
Orange City welcome back James Conn and Lincoln Duncan for the round two match-up.
Findlay believes both have added to the club’s batting depth, but Conn’s off spin will benefit Orange City the most.
“I thought we batted well last week [City made 7-140 against CYMS] but we were probably a bowler short. We’ve prepared really well this week,” Findlay said.
City and Waratahs go head-to-head today from 1pm.