Crucial Royal Hotel Cup game for Orange City in battle for finals spot

ON THE LINE: Orange City captain Shaun Grenfell.
ON THE LINE: Orange City captain Shaun Grenfell.

T20 cricket is usually a simple game.

Out-bash the other side with the bat and victory is yours.

But Wednesday night’s all-important Royal Hotel Cup clash between Orange City and the Centennial Bulls is far more complex than the average 20-over hitout.

For starters the outcome will have consequences for five teams.

A win for Orange City will ensure it retains third spot on the table and sets up a semi-final clash against second-placed Lithgow Lightning on Wednesday February 21.

However, if the Bulls reign supreme they will join City and current fourth-placed Bathurst City on four points.

And the Bulls have one more game to play.

The final game of the regular season pitches the Bulls against seventh-placed Kinross on Friday night.

Win that as well and the Bulls would charge into third place.

That would most likely leave Orange City in fourth to face ladder leaders CYMS in the other semi-final.

City captain Shaun Grenfell is hoping his side can take the confusion out of the finals race with a win at Wade Park.

However, City will be without top bowler Brett Causer who has taken five wickets in the Royal Hotel Cup this season.

And City has to deal with its former marquee player Josh Toole who is now playing for the Bulls.

“We’ve got a pretty good balanced side,” Grenfell said.

“We seem to have pretty good depth in our club at the moment.

“They’re [Centennials] are a good team.

“They’ve got some top players.

“Their top four is very strong.”

Grenfell said City had a consistent line-up all season but had a couple of changes for this crucial game.

“We’ve have Brett Causer out, he’s a fairly decent loss for a good bowler.

“[However] Craig Rogan is probably coming back.”

Grenfell said he wasn’t overly concerned about batting or bowling first.

“No, not really. To be perfectly honest its much and much.

“I don’t think it really plays on the cards.”

He said the Royal Hotel Cup was an important competition for the side.

“The ultimate goal’s the regular premiership but it is a different type of format.

“It’s always enjoyable, it’s a good competition.”

He said that apart from giving players more game-time together it also developed skills.

The game starts at 6.30pm.

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