WITH just one loss from 12 games thus far, CYMS are sitting pretty atop the Orange District Cricket Association first grade ladder.
The green and golds have won nine of their 10 limited overs matches so far in 2013-14, with one washout, and remain undefeated after two games of the Royal Hotel Cup .
CYMS also picked up the inaugural ODCA limited overs title, breaking a 30-year silverware drought and an eight-game finals losing streak to Cavaliers.
CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre said even he is surprised by his team’s rapid ascension after a tumultuous finish to last season.
Le Lievre said the club had prepared itself for a less than impressive season following the backlash from a well publicised incident after last season’s grand final.
“This first half of the season has been very impressive, even to us in the team and more so to plenty of people in the club,” he said.
“I think a lot of people wrote us off after everything that happened last season, so we have definitely exceeded all expectations so far.”
Le Lievre highlighted his team’s performance, as a whole, as the main reason for their success.
“Everyone is performing, which is very encouraging,” he said.
“Obviously the guys with big numbers, like Al (Dhatt) and Hamish (Finlayson), won’t be able to score runs and take wickets every week so it’s great to see everyone chipping in and getting us over the line. One thing we’re doing very well is making sure we don’t rely on one or two people too heavily.”
CYMS’ current position is not an unfamiliar one.
This is the third time in the past five seasons the green and golds have led the competition at the Christmas-New Year break, each time dropping just one game.
In both previous seasons, 2009-10 and 2012-13, the green and golds went on to lose the grand final.
However, Le Lievre said his troops have tasted victory, and noted the difference in previous teams to this season’s line up.
From 2012-13 CYMS have lost former skipper Trent Colley (moved to Newcastle), John Warrington (Orange City), Josh Sands (Canberra), Luke Clarke (suspension), Dean Turner (retired) and Nick Wright (injury) and Le Lievre said the amount of new faces made any damning history irrelevant.
“We have fallen at the final hurdle previously, twice last year in fact,” he said.
“But winning the first premiership should be a catalyst for our boys to go on and push for the big one.