CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre believes his side must be at the top of its game if it’s to knock-off Molong tonight and emulate the feats of last year’s Royal Hotel Cup outfit.
The green and golds were among the Orange District Cricket Association’s best Twenty20 sides last summer, making it to the final before eventually being downed by Orange City under lights at Wade Park.
Le Lievre said despite falling short, last year’s efforts gave his side great belief.
Ahead of the second match of the Royal Hotel Cup’s Super Six stage, Le Lieve’s men are set on proving that belief extends well beyond simply qualifying for another final.
“Every game we go into we obviously intend on winning,” Le Lievre said.
“Twenty20 cricket is one of those games where things can change pretty quickly regardless of form.
“We haven’t played since before Christmas and Molong have some pretty handy players, we’re going to have to be at the top of our game to do well.”
Trent Frazer’s Molong outfit qualified for the Super Six stage following a win over Centrals and a narrow loss against Blayney in the pool rounds.
Tonight’s side will be considerably stronger than the one that tasted defeated against Blayney, however.
“We should be alright, we haven’t played much cricket since our last Twenty20 game but we’ll have a few blokes back who weren’t available before Christmas with the harvest,” Frazer said. “We’ll have a reasonably strong side.”
Frazer said his side enjoyed the Royal Hotel Cup spectacle.
“It’s easy to get the numbers for these games,” he said.
“Everyone enjoys the format.”
Making no mistake about his side’s expectations during the Royal Hotel Cup, Le Lieve added CYMS have used the competition as an opportunity for the club to reward some of its younger players with first grade experience.
“I would say our most dynamic Twenty20 player is probably Sam Dwyer, he won that game against Cavaliers off his own bat in December,” he said.
“But in general we don’t have any Twenty20 specialists, I think everyone just enjoys going out there under lights and the white ball and coloured clothing. It’s a good opportunity.”
Tonight’s game begins at 5pm.