WARATAHS skipper Brock Duncan is confident his side is on the up despite being CYMS’ latest Orange District Cricket Association victim.
Completing a fourth consecutive win to maintain pace with premiership favourites Cavaliers, the green and golds recorded a 94-run victory over the two blues at Jack Brabham Park on Saturday.
Led brilliantly by a knock of 92 from Eddie Wright and finished off with 5-25 from skipper Hamish Finlayson, CYMS put 6-220 on the board before accounting for an undermanned Waratahs outfit for 126 in the 33rd over.
It’s Waratahs fourth loss to open their comeback campaign in 2013-14 and, with games against an improved Kinross and Cavaliers looming over the next fortnight, the search for a maiden win may stretch a little longer.
Defiantly, Duncan was adamant there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“I think the biggest thing for us is getting to know each other,” he said.
“A lot of us haven’t played for four or five years and three quarters of the side hadn’t met each other before. We’re slowly getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and I think we’re improving. We’re not winning but we’re improving.
“Once everything settles down after Christmas I think we’ll do a lot better than we are now.”
Waratahs showed signs of that improvement against CYMS.
Without spearhead Adam Brakenridge, Craig Sugden was threatening with the ball in claiming 3-40, while with the bat Waratahs’ top order of Nick Frail (35), Theo Crane (21) and Sugden (20) all made starts in an innings of 126.
“We changed our batting order a little bit to try and have a good go at chasing the runs,” Duncan said.
“I thought we batted well.
“CYMS had a young bloke bat really well and he didn’t really give us any chances.”
The Tahs skipper believes and improved showing in the field will help get the two blues ticking over.
“We dropped a few catches on Saturday,” he said.
“We probably need to improve our fielding a little bit as well.”