“There’s a lot of time left in the game”.
Cavaliers skipper Matt Corben – he’s now taken the job full-time – said while his side isn’t in an ideal position at 8-79 chasing Orange City’s 8-228, the maroons won’t be giving up hope just yet.
“Josh Doherty is still not out (on 13) and we’ve still got two wickets left, so there’s always a chance,” Corben said.
“First innings points would be incredible from here but realistically, we probably need to look at an outright result.
“In that respect, there’s a lot of time left in the game.”
For Orange City, the goal is just taking those two remaining Cavaliers wickets as quick as possible.
“That’s the plan, then we’ll reassess from there,” Warriors skipper Craig Rogan said.
“We won’t get ahead of ourselves but we’ll certainly attack and try to get as many points as we possibly can.”
Earning maximum points would involve an outright win, should Orange City claim first innings points early on Rogan said there’s a real chance he will enforce the follow-on.
“There’s always a chance, there’s equally as a big a chance we won’t though. It all depends on the situation, how the deck’s playing, how the bowlers feel and so on,” he said.
For CYMS the opening stages of Saturday’s second day of play in the sixth round of the Orange District Cricket Association season is simply about scoring as many runs as possible before being dismissed.
For Centrals, it’s about taking CYMS’ three remaining wickets as quickly as possible.
“Centrals will be going hard so we’ll have to work equally as hard to try and build a bit of a lead,” CYMS skipper Hamish Finlayson said.
“We’ve got ourselves 26 in front and earned first innings points, so even though we lost a couple more wickets than I would’ve liked we’re in a good position.
“We’ll be pushing hard to build a lead and hopefully set up and outright chance.
“But there’s a full day left and we’ve seen Centrals swing games on their head this season, so we’ll take it as it comes.
“That lead is important. If we lose three quickly it could virtually become like another one-day game and that’s something we’d like to avoid.”
Gavin Bridge (27 not out) and Todd Murphy (13 not out) resume after remaining unbeaten overnight and both are capable of doing plenty of damage if they get the chance.
Play resumes at 1pm, at Wade Park at the Country Club respectively.