AFTER losing in the first round of the Orange District Cricket Association first grade season, the only way is up for Centrals.
And that’s exactly the direction Centrals captain Adam Shepherd wants to see his team go.
Shepherd is only available to play every second weekend due to work commitments.
He wasn’t there for Centrals’ six-wicket loss to Kinross last week, but he knows his side can do better.
“I know what we’re capable of. If we play to our capabilities, there’s no reason why we can’t win,” Shepherd said.
“But judging by the first game, we’ve got a bit to improve on.”
This will be Shepherd’s first season back in the Orange competition after last helping the side to the 2011-12 first grade premiership.
The batsman is keen to get back in the middle and push his team.
Last week Centrals were removed for 131 before Kinross reached the target with six wickets in hand.
“We’ve got to worry about ourselves,” Shepherd said.
“We shouldn’t get bowled out in one-day cricket. You need to bat out your overs and put a total on.
“After our bad start last week, we need to get a win this week and build from there.”
Centrals will need to be on their game when they take on CYMS today at Riawena Oval.
The green and golds enjoyed a one-wicket victory over defending champions Orange City in a tight tussle at Wade Park last week.
CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre said he expects his team to be pushed by Centrals.
“This will be another challenge for what is a relatively young CYMS team,” Le Lievre said.
“We want to build on last week’s win. We want to maintain our bowling and improve our batting.
“As a bowling group we performed quite well. Our top order played well but we need to work on our partnerships and not lose wickets in clumps.”
Today’s match will start at 1pm.