Danger lurks in Cavs’ lesser lights

CAVALIERS’ big guns Stu Middleton and Richie Venner have both been in irresistible form in 2013-14, but Orange City vice-captain Lincoln Duncan isn’t just worried about the big-hitting duo ahead of today’s Orange District Cricket Association first grade round 13 game.

“It’s not as if Stu and Rich score 250 and take 10 wickets by themselves every game,” he laughed.

“Cavaliers have always have the best bit-part players in the competition.”

Duncan highlighted several of Cavaliers’ less talked about players as crucial to the maroons success.

“Guys like James Ryan, Chris Martin and Brad Wright consistently perform all the time now,” he said.

“They may not score the hundreds Stu and Rich do, or take as many five-fors, but they’re the blokes scoring the 50s and 60s, and taking two, three, four wickets each game to complement the strike players.

“Stu and Rich wouldn’t score as many runs, or take as many wickets as they do without those blokes at the other end.”

Duncan also highlighted Greg Martin as an improver.

“Since I came back [Duncan returned to Orange cricket last season, after a stint in Newcastle] Greggy had become a much better bowler than before,” he said.

“He’s 10 times the bowler he was four seasons ago, and it shows in his performance.”

Duncan wasn’t all praise for Cavaliers though, saying the maroons are definitely beatable.

“Even with the form they’re currently in, they aren’t world beaters,” he explained.

“They are susceptible to collapses if their top order fails, and they lose consistency sometimes with the ball, like any team. We’ll try and take advantage of their weaknesses.

“We’re a pretty complete line-up. We’ve got deep batting, and we can bowl for long periods. The big thing is how much improvement we have left in us, we’re nowhere near our best whereas I’m not sure how much better Cavaliers and CYMS can get. We want to peak in March, not mid-February.”

Orange City and Cavaliers face off from 1pm, at Riawena Oval.

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