Tale of two Citys

ORANGE City will tonight pay tribute to one its foundation clubs, with the Warriors donning the colours of the old Waratahs for the opening game of the Royal Hotel Cup Super Sixes.

Orange City will tackle Cavaliers from 5pm at Wade Park and after honouring Orange Booms by wearing maroon and yellow in 2012-13, the green and whites will turn blue and gold this summer to do the same for Waratahs.

Tahs and Booms joined forces under the Orange City banner in 1967 and skipper Matt Findlay said, following on from the success of last year’s tribute match, the defending Royal Hotel Cup premiers were looking forward to this summer’s match.

“It’s a good way to acknowledge the club’s history, especially because a lot of the younger guys at City probably wouldn’t know how we formed,” Findlay said.

“We did the heritage game against Cavaliers last year as well, and you’re guaranteed a good, hard game of cricket whenever we play each other.”

Orange City has been placed in the tougher of the two pools for the Super Sixes.

Joining Cavs and City will be last year’s semi-finalists Blayney, while Molong, CYMS and Kinross make up the second pool contesting the Super Sixes stage of the tournament.

Findlay said he’s side was still the ones to watch.

“I think we deserve to be favourites based on performance, and our title last year,” he fired, with City undefeated following preliminary round wins against Gladstone-Wanderers and Kinross.

“No beating around the bush we want to, and think we can, win this competition again. 

“Being in a much harder super six group could work to our advantage, because if we get through this stage we should have an easier semi-final. But we need to concentrate on beating Cavaliers tonight.”

Lauding tonight’s opponent as one of the most clinical in the Orange District Cricket Association, Findlay said Cavaliers would pose a massive challenge to his side despite there being no Liam Gough with the ball.

Smart plans and execution will get City over the line, he said.

“Singles are the most important thing in this game, we need to minimise dot balls when we bat, and maximise them when we bowl. Fielding well and taking our chances is also paramount,” Findlay added.

The first game of tonight’s Royal Hotel Cup double header will kick-off at 5pm.

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