SITTING precariously at 3-31 chasing Orange City’s 6-269 declared, Waratahs skipper Adam Brakenridge said his team won’t be giving up, or thinking about preventing an Orange City outright on the second day of their Orange District Cricket Association round 12 first grade clash.
“City would be silly not to be thinking about the extra points,” Brakenridge said.
“But we aren’t going out there to stop that, or to block out the day. We’re going out there to win the game.”
Brakenridge said he is hopeful, rather than confident, of securing first innings points.
“270 is a big target, and we haven’t looked like getting that many runs this season, so we can’t be expecting to chase it down,” he said.
“This is a big challenge for us, to see what kind of innings we can build with the time and resources. I think one reason we’ve struggled with the bat this year is concentration. Standing in the field for long periods is tough mentally, so hopefully only needing to worry about batting will be a blessing.”
Brakenridge nominated older brother Matthew, Nick Frail and Brock Duncan as crucial to the sky blues’ chances today.
“Speaking to Matty and few other senior boys about it, we agreed City played their innings the right way,” he said.
“John (Warrington) batted well for his ton, and a couple of others chipped in. They were smart about, and we need to be too. If we have one guy, maybe two, getting a big score and a couple chipping in I think we’re a definite chance.”
City skipper Matt Findlay confirmed Brakenridge’s suspicions, saying his team’s goal is a 14-point outright victory.
“It’d be false diplomacy for me to suggest we aren’t gunning for an outright,” he said.
“We’re the best bowling team in the competition, on paper and statistically, and we’ve taken 17 wickets in a day several times in the past.
“I’ll back the guys to secure first innings, then take outright points.”
Play starts at 1pm at Jack Brabham (2).