CENTRALS take on Waratahs at Wade Park today and to say both sides will be desperate as they attempt to bring up their first victory of the 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association first grade season is definitely an understatement.
Tahs and Centrals have by and large struggled to open the summer.
In the race to begin the season well and keep up with ODCA first grade pace setters Cavaliers and CYMS, Centrals has gone down to Kinross and the green and golds, while Tahs tasted defeat against Cavs and Orange City.
But today’s game poses both with their best opportunity of the season so far.
“I think so. Tahs, we’ve been improving each week. We’ve had a hard couple of games with Cavs and City first up but we’ve still got plenty of confidence in the squad,” Waratahs veteran Rex Cochrane said.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys mixed in with some older guys.”
Cochrane admits this year’s player group knows it can do better.
“We probably haven’t done as well as we’d hoped,” he said. “But the teams we’ve played have performed really well.”
If there’s going to be a time Waratahs can get on the board, it’ll be this week.
Centrals have a host of players out this weekend, with Adam Shepherd, Michael Walker, Chris Hutchinson, Wes Roweth, Jake Pauletto and Dan Sandford all unavailable for today’s game.
Nick Dunlop will lead the side, but it’s a severely under strength red and black outfit.
Looking to redeem themselves after a couple of lacklustre weeks with the willow, Centrals batsman Matt Tedeschi said his side’s top order was looking to step up.
“We’ll be looking to bat in partnerships against Tahs,” he said.
“The first two games we haven’t bowled too badly, it’s just been the batting that’s let us down.”
Centrals play Waratahs today at Wade Park from 1pm.