CAVALIERS vice captain James Ryan wants his team to control its own limited overs destiny.
Beat CYMS today and a limited overs final appearance is all but wrapped up.
Lose and Orange City need to only beat Centrals in their corresponding clash to leapfrog the maroons into second spot.
“It’s definitely a must-win game,” Ryan said.
“We don’t want to put our fate in Orange City’s hands.”
Cavs and City sit equal on 57 competition points, but Ryan’s team holds a minuscule .11 lead over the greens on quotient.
Ryan wants his team to forget the mathematics and just concentrate on winning the game.
“We just need to make sure we keep improving, and keep working on the little things we’ve struggled with,” Ryan said.
“Training has been very encouraging, so hopefully we can transfer that into this game.”
Ryan said his team are looking to atone for Wednesday night’s three wicket loss in a Royal Hotel Cup clash with the green and golds.
“It definitely motivates us a bit,” he said.
“Their supporters gave us a fair bit of stick, so it’d be nice to get one back on them. It seems like the old rivalry between our clubs is coming back a bit. It was a bit before my time, but I love it. As long as it doesn’t go over the top, or get personal it’s great for the game.”
CYMS stand-in skipper Hamish Finlayson agreed, saying Orange cricket would be left wanting without a bit of fire.
“Without passion, and that competitive edge cricket wouldn’t be worth playing,” Finlayson said.
Ryan and Finlayson echoed each other, saying their opposition would be tough to beat.
“CYMS are a good side, but in saying that I think 150 will be enough for us to win with our bowling attack,” Ryan said.
“Cavs are always a tough side to beat, they’re a dangerous team. All we can do is concentrate on our own performance, and hopefully keep playing our best cricket,” Finlayson explained.
“It’s worked all year, there’s not much point changing anything now.”
Cavaliers take on CYMS at Wade Park. Play starts at 1pm.