SO here we are, about to begin a stretch of games that’ll have a greater bearing on the ODCA finals picture than any before it.
Cricki Leaks looks at each side’s standing just after the Christmas break and sizes up a few key players for each outfit in the run into the finals.
CYMS: 8 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.
Easily the best team of 2013-14, CYMS will look to continue playing the brand of cricket that has seen them soar.
Player to watch: Hamish Finlayson.
Cricki Leaks player to watch: Chris Novak. Obviously a keen follower of Sesame Street as a kid, Novak has been known to show off his counting skills whenever he claims any form of wicket haul, big or small.
Cavaliers: 7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.
Always there or thereabouts when the whips are cracking late in the summer and 2013-14 won’t be any different.
Player to watch: Richie Venner.
Cricki Leaks player to watch: Josh Doherty. The tallest man in Orange cricket, Doherty is probably the only player on the planet capable of generating any bounce out of a lifeless Riawena Oval this season.
Orange City: 7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.
Defending premiers in all forms of the game, the players at Orange City will be the first to admit they haven’t performed as well as they would have liked over the first half of the summer.
Premiership hangover aside, expect the Warriors to come out firing in the two-day cricket and Twenty20 finals.
Player to watch: Shaun Grenfell.
Cricki Leaks player to watch: Ned Morrish. Nuff said.
Kinross: 3 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses.
Surprised a few with three wins so far this summer, the students are a big hope of finishing the 2013-14 season with a finals berth.
Player to watch: Charlie Litchfield.
Cricki Leaks player to watch: Andrew Johnson. Has shown enough over the early stages of the season to suggest he’s equally adept on the catwalk as he is the cricket pitch.
Centrals: 1 win, 1 draw, 8 losses.
Probably the disappointment of the summer, Centrals will be keen to bounce back with a more consistent line-up over the back end of the season to push Kinross for a top four berth.