CYMS skipper Hugh Le Lievre and his troops face a difficult task today if they are to continue their Orange District Cricket Association first grade dominance.
The green and golds face a Centrals team fresh off a huge 114-run win against Kinross, intent on taking the competition leaders down a peg.
“We’re looking to knock CYMS off,” Centrals skipper Jake Pauletto said.
“We put in a great performance last week and our team only has one change, so it’s nice to get some consistency there.”
Pauletto said his team was intent on playing more consistent, enterprising cricket, and semi-finals is the goal.
“If we can get one over CYMS, and then do Tahs next week that’ll give us a good platform leading into the semis,” he explained.
The green and golds will be without vice-captain Hamish Finlayson, albeit only for the first week of the game. Pauletto acknowledged how big of a loss Finlayson is for CYMS, but also conceded his players couldn’t afford to focus on it too much.
“CYMS are a good side, even without Hamish,” Pauletto said.
“At the end of the day it’s never been just him winning games, there is 11 guys out there who are good cricketers. We’ll just worry about making sure we play some good consistent cricket.”
CYMS skipper Hugh Le Lievre echoed Pauletto, saying Finlayson will leave a hole, but not one which can’t be filled.
“Dave [Neil] and Matty [Baker] are coming back this weekend. They are two of our most experienced, and best batsmen,,” Le Lievre explained.
“They’re a welcome addition back into our side, especially as we’re missing Ham.”
Le Lievre admitted Centrals are an unknown prospect.
“Centrals have some excellent bowlers, and some very good batsmen,” Le Lievre said.
“If they put their top side on the paddock, which I believe they will be this game, they’ll be a very dangerous prospect.”
CYMS take on Centrals at Wade Park, from 1pm.