Waratahs ready for the big dogs

WARATAHS all-rounder Hugh Brown knows his side will be up against it when they tackle Royal Hotel Cup “big dogs” CYMS tonight at Wade Park, but another win for the fledging two blues isn’t far away.

Waratahs tasted sweet success for the first time in their comeback season two weeks ago when they knocked off Centrals in the Orange District Cricket Association one-day format.

It was an overdue win, but one well earned.

And ahead of the first game in an ODCA Royal Hotel Cup double header - Orange City tackles Wanderers-Gladstone from 7.30pm in the second - Brown says his side is tonight planning on spoiling the green and gold party.

“We’re going out there to win,” Brown fired. “We’re a first grade side so if you don’t go into it with the attitude of trying to win the game then there’s no point being in first grade.”

Waratahs lost their first Royal Hotel Cup game of the summer by 10 wickets against Cavs.

Determined to turn things around tonight at Wade Park, Brown believes Twenty20 cricket lends itself to being a touch unpredictable.

You don’t need to be Einstein to see that’ll work in Waratahs’ favour.

“We’re going to be up against it, but in this format particularly in this comp there could be a few upsets. We’re looking forward to the challenge. CYMS have well and truly earned the right to be treated as competition big dogs,” he said.

CYMS skipper Hamish Finlayson said the key to his side backing up well after its three-wicket win over Cavaliers on Wednesday night was having fun.

“That’s the plan,” he said.

“It’s worked well for us all year so far, having fun, so we’ll go out there and enjoy it.”

Set 83 for victory by Cavaliers, CYMS have a big-hitting knock of 30 from Sam Dwyer to thank for securing victory.

Finlayson admitted it was now up to the rest of his side’s batting line-up to follow suit.

“We lost a few wickets in quick succession on Wednesday night so just time in the middle; don’t lose the plot and don’t panic,” he said.

CYMS tackle Waratahs first-up from 5pm at Wade Park.

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