ON the back of his side’s most important win of the 2013-14 season, Orange City skipper Matt Findlay believes his team must maintain the rage in order to qualify for this season’s one-day final.
The Warriors knocked off Cavaliers by 17 runs last weekend and in doing so, leap-frogged their opposition into second place on the Orange District Cricket Association ladder.
CYMS remain unbeaten on top of the ladder with 61 points and with two rounds remaining before the one-day final on December 21, the green and golds are assured of one place in the Wade Park decider.
The other though is currently up for grabs.
Ahead of this weekend, City nudges Cavs by just 0.1363 on quotient.
And in order to stay there City captain Matt Findlay is adamant his side must get better.
“We’re playing very good cricket, but I think we still have a lot of improvement in us,” he said.
“All year we’ve played with good intensity, and a ruthlessness we haven’t had in previous years. We lacked that last week against Cavs and rectifying that, as well as bringing back that ruthless streak, is important.”
Orange City has the chance to go at least one step closer to securing that berth today against Kinross.
The students have surprised many in 2013-14 with two wins in seven games this season.
Findlay said he was wary of a stronger Kinross top order, with the students’ ability to score runs freely now ensuring they’re at the very least competitive with the ODCA’s strongest line-ups.
“In the past they really struggled to score, and it makes a huge difference,” he said, with Charlie Litchfield and Toby Polkinghorne two key figures for the students at the top of the order.
Sam Nicholls and Andrew Johnson have also come of age this summer.
“Bowling wise, they know they don’t have the pace to worry you so they bowl straight lines, set good fields and make you play,” Findlay continued.
“Their fielding is, and always has been outstanding. They’re a dangerous team.”
Orange City tackles Kinross at the KWS Main Oval today from 1pm.