We're not the Cavaliers of old: maroons continue search for their style against Kinross

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Tom Aggett (pictured) looks likely to take Cavaliers' reins full-time while Richie Venner is out injured. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Tom Aggett (pictured) looks likely to take Cavaliers' reins full-time while Richie Venner is out injured. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

Leicester City winning the English Premier League, Donald Trump successfully running for US presidency and Keanu Reeves being in a bad movie.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Tom Aggett (pictured) looks likely to take Cavaliers' reins full-time while Richie Venner is out injured. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Tom Aggett (pictured) looks likely to take Cavaliers' reins full-time while Richie Venner is out injured. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

Those are just a handful of statements that until 2016, were considered absolutely ridiculous.

It’s all happened though, and you can add one more to that list now – Cavaliers sitting last three rounds into an Orange District Cricket Association season.

Cavaliers sit fifth, half a point behind fourth-placed Orange City, with one win and an outright loss so far this summer.

“We did have the bye, getting no points there doesn’t help but it has been a good wake up call I think,” replacement skipper Tom Aggett, standing in for the injured Richie Venner, said.

“I think now we’ve really realised we aren’t that Cavaliers team of old.

“We haven’t got Stu (Middleton) and now Richie (Venner) is hurt, we’ve got plenty of experience and talent but the personnel has changed so much in recent years we’ve needed to rethink the way we’re playing cricket.

We’re working hard to form the new brand of Cavaliers cricket, that’s going to work for us, and put that into practice. - Cavs' stand-in skipper Tom Aggett

“With a lot of younger guys in our side for us, at the moment, we’re more focused on how we’re playing than the results we’re getting.

“We’re working hard to form the new brand of Cavaliers cricket, that’s going to work for us, and put that into practice.

“I think it’s mainly about the guys, young or old, knowing their roles and playing those roles.”

Aggett highlighted last Friday night’s Royal Hotel Cup loss to Orange City as an example.

“We lost, but I was actually pretty happy with the way the boys went about the game,” he explained.

“You know, a young kid like Bailey Ferguson coming in when we’re two for not many and steadying the ship a bit, just about top scoring. That’s a positive for us.

“He played his role there, and those sort of players are just going to keep getting better.”

The maroons, traditional ODCA powerhouses, take on second-placed Kinross over the next two Saturdays and Aggett said he’ll be looking to his troops to continue that development, adding he’s confident the side can produce its second winning performance of the year.

“I am confident, but Kinross have been playing some good cricket,” he said.

“I know they’re a young side and they’re building into the season as well, so I think it will probably be a pretty good game actually.”

Cavaliers and Kinross face off at Wade Park, from 1pm.

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