In Centrals skipper Daryl Kennewell’s eyes that’s a huge factor in any team winning games and in turn securing Orange District Cricket Association silverware.
Unfortunately, he says, a lack thereof is a big factor in why his side bowed out of this summer’s title race last weekend and why the red and blacks have had little success since their last premiership in 2011-12.
“It definitely comes down to depth,” he said.
“We can’t win a premiership without depth and I think that applies to all grades and every club, you’re never going to be really successful without depth.
“For Centrals, I think that comes down to us building juniors and looking towards that, to have kids coming through into seniors. That’s something we need to work and there is a few guys in the club trying really hard, so it must be frustrating for them.”
Centrals finished last after being hammered by nine wickets by Orange City last weekend, although they still had a good chance of making the finals heading into that game.
“Nothing went our way (last weekend),” Kennewell said, before admitting his troops only have themselves to blame.
“We were our own worst enemy though, I’ve said that since Christmas. You know, we dropped 17 catches in two games against Kinross and Cavaliers before we played City, and we should’ve won both those games.
“So, I think we put ourselves in this position and I don’t think our performance really reflects our first grade side, and I think a lot of that comes down to lack of commitment to training, or even too many commitments outside of cricket.
“But at the end of the we just weren’t good enough (this summer).”
Kennewell and his troops will still have something to cheer about this weekend, and potentially the next too, with the club’s second XI still alive. Centrals’ second graders take on Cavaliers in this weekend’s preliminary final at Country Club Oval.
Centrals-Wanderers are still a chance of winning a fourth grade finals berth in this weekend’s final regular season round too.
“We’ll definitely rock up for those guys, they’ve done really well all year,” Kennewell said.
“Second grade had to rely on another result going their way last weekend to make it but that happened so we’ll see how they go, and make sure we give them plenty of support.”