SECOND grade possibles one minute, first grade winners in round one the next.
Kinross’ start to the 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association season has been a roller coaster effort, and that ride looks set to continue when the student’s face-off against the in-form Cavaliers today at Wade Park.
Kinross secured a six-wicket win against Centrals last weekend but face a much sterner test in the form of Cavaliers.
While buoyed by a win in round one, Kinross coach Andrew Litchfield knows his side will have to be on top of its game just to compete with the side fast restoring its reputation as ODCA heavyweights, Cavaliers.
“They are excited after last week’s win, but they’re also aware of what Cavaliers did to the Waratahs attack last week and they’re going to be confident as well,” Litchfield admitted.
While openers Charlie Litchfield (65 not out) and Toby Polkinghorne (20) laid the platform for the student’s first-up win with a strong opening partnership, the coach believes it was Kinross’ work with the ball that earned them crucial points.
“I thought all of our bowlers did a really good job,” Litchfield said, with Sam Nicolls (1-16), Hugh Britton (2-16) and Tom Rogers (3-18) on fire early with the ball.
“We probably still bowl the odd bad ball in an over, but with 15 and 16-year-old bowlers that’s going to happen. This week, though, those bad balls might find their way to the boundary.
“We’ve just got to work on keeping it tight.”
In the only change for Kinross, Hamish Sheehan comes in for young wicketkeeper Max Manson this week, with the duo set to share the keeping responsibilities in 2013-14.
Cavaliers will go into the clash heavy favourites, but skipper Richie Venner wasn’t anticipating the sort of rout they accomplished against Waratahs.
“Again, we’ll just worry about us,” Venner said.
“It’s only early in the season and we’re just trying to get into a bit of a rhythm so when we hit the tougher games we’re playing some good cricket.”
Venner is coming off an unbeaten 222 while fellow opener James Ryan also chalked up an not out century, carrying his bat in an innings of 128.
While no doubt the top of Cavs’ order is in form, just what sort of nick the rest of the side is in remains a mystery.
“There’s a few guys keen to have a hit,” Venner said.
Today’s game begins at 1pm.