We won’t be counting our chickens: Rogan

UNBEATEN: Charlie Greer took 2-42 with the ball, his side will lean on him with the bat as it looks to run down Orange City's sizable total of 9-197. He's one of Kinross' not out batsmen. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
UNBEATEN: Charlie Greer took 2-42 with the ball, his side will lean on him with the bat as it looks to run down Orange City's sizable total of 9-197. He's one of Kinross' not out batsmen. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Fickle.

That’s how Orange City skipper Craig Rogan defined cricket as his side prepares for its bid to complete a third straight victory on Saturday, which would solidify the Warriors’ place in the Orange District Cricket Association top three.

That definition is exactly why he’s not “counting any chickens” too despite being in the box seat heading into day two.

The Warriors posted 9-197 last weekend to continue their post-holiday consistency with the bat and after facing almost 26 overs at the end of the day the students will resume at 4-70, needing another 128 for victory.

Kinross will need to score at a fair clip too, the side has just 25.3 overs – 153 balls – to make that 128.

“The first two hours of the day will be very exciting, which is what this format creates, I just hope the second innings follows suit. There’ll be plenty of cricket left after the first innings result is sealed, for either side,” Rogan said.

“I feel like we have the upper hand with Kinross losing some firepower at the end of day one, however it is a fickle game so I certainly won’t be counting any chickens.”

That firepower Rogan’s referring to, for the most part, is Steve and Tom Geyer.

The first two hours of the day will be very exciting, which is what this format creates, I just hope the second innings follows suit.

Orange City skipper Craig Rogan

The Geyers proved a real thorn in Orange City’s side when the two sides met in round two, combining to produce a 107-run partnership to lead the students to an upset victory.

The former looked hell-bent on getting Kinross over the line again, pummeling 52 in quick time last Saturday afternoon before Dave Boundy brought back his glory days, trapping Geyer in front with a slower ball late in the day.

It was Boundy’s 200th wicket for Orange City too, and when Jackson Coote trapped Tom Geyer (7) in front with the last ball of the day, momentum swung firmly in the Warriors’ favour.

A third straight win would be a huge result for Orange City after going winless through the opening half of the 2016-17 season.

“We’re strong as a unit at the moment and I hope we can continue to build on the momentum we’ve created since Christmas,” Rogan said.

Play resumes at 1pm at Kinross Main Oval.