CAVALIERS vice-captain James Ryan said his players would be “silly to underestimate Kinross” in today’s Orange District Cricket Association first grade clash.
“Kinross is always interesting,” Ryan said.
“You never know what you’re going to come up against, some days they blow you off the park and the next you roll them.”
Today will revolve around setting up a first innings win, Ryan said.
“We need to focus on what we do best, and what we can control,” the 18-year-old said.
“It’s two-day cricket, so we don’t need to focus on scoring too quickly, or try and take a wicket with every ball. If we’re patient, and go about it the right way we should be able to set up a first innings win, and hopefully take the chance of an outright if it comes along.
“Tightening up our spot in the top two [on the ladder] would be good.”
If Cavaliers are to secure an outright victory, they’ll have to do it without skipper Richie Venner and the town’s premier all-rounder Stu Middleton, as both are unavailable for day two.
Kinross mentor Andrew Litchfield said two-day cricket provides his troops with a welcome opportunity.
“Two-day cricket will give our guys a good chance to bat long periods, and learn a bit more about this level of cricket,” he said.
“They regularly pile on 200, 300 plus in schoolboy cricket, but they need to learn to do it against bowlers who won’t give much away.
“We’re always learning, and the boys are willing to learn which is great, we got plenty out of last week against Centrals especially.
“We’ll concentrate on playing good consistent cricket, and maybe be able to jag a win.”
Cavaliers take on Kinross at Riawena Oval, from 1pm.