New ball game for CYMS

CYMS stand-in skipper Hamish Finlayson says redemption is the last thing on his players’ minds ahead of tonight’s Royal Hotel Cup clash with Cavaliers.

In 2012-13, the green and golds dominated all before them before capitulating in a lacklustre grand final performance, losing out to Orange City.

Finlayson says last year is a distant memory, and this season is a whole new ball game.

“We just got outclassed in the final last season, this year isn’t about redeeming ourselves at all,” he said.

“This is a big game for us, and we’ll approach it with caution. We’re a different side this year. Plus, it’s a massive opportunity for our younger brigade to get some experience under lights.”

Despite oozing confidence, Finlayson remains wary of a powerful Cavaliers unit many consider to have underperformed in last year’s Twenty20 competition.

“We have to go into the game, and play with an aggressive mindset,” he said.

“Against Cavs you need to appreciate how talented a lot of their players are, but I think in the past a lot of teams have got a bit overawed against them.

“We’ll try and keep our wits about us tonight.”

Cavs skipper Richie Venner said a big win is the goal tonight to ensure Cavs top spot in pool A and the reward of the winner’s side of the super six draw.

“You need to play the best cricket you can to suit the relevant format,” he said.

“We want to win any game of cricket we play in, and tonight is no different. Two wins guarantees us top spot in our pool.”

Venner conceded his team’s main focus is the overall Orange District Cricket Association premiership, and said his team would use the RHC as a way to stay consistent.

“T20 is a very different game, but any time in the middle for our players is good,” he said.

CYMS will be without regular skipper Hugh Le Lievre, who is out with a torn hamstring.

Tonight’s clash starts at 6.30pm.

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