Returning Orange City skipper Ed Morrish, who missed last week’s opening day, is under no illusions regarding the task his side faces on Saturday’s second day of Orange District Cricket Association’s fourth round.
Simply, with the maroons going into day two at Wade Park at 4-388, it’s one of Everest proportions.
Chasing almost 400 would be tough enough, but the fact Cavaliers have the right to bat on into day two and pile on even more runs is a daunting prospect for the reigning premiers.
“That’s the big thing, it really depends on what (Cavaliers skipper) Matt Corben wants to do. I mean, I’d bat on, so I think we have to be prepared to go out and bowl for a while,” Morrish said.
“It is a little bit tough to prepare for a second day like this when, honestly, we’re at the mercy of Cavaliers, but no matter what we have to do we’ll give it a red-hot crack.
“I think it’s just a matter of seeing what Corbs decides to do and assessing our situation from there.”
Bailey Ferguson will resume at 110 not out on Saturday after he and Kaleb Cook (157) led the maroons’ charge, and Morrish said when or if the Warriors take to the crease, a triple figure score from someone is almost non-negotiable.
“Well, we’ll need everyone to stand up and be counted but I think someone’s going to have to go big, yes,” he said, before highlighting a few key bats.
“Shaun Grenfell loves batting against Cavaliers and has scored runs for fun in Orange for a long time, Craig Rogan is hitting them well at the top and young Lachlan Coyte is batting really well too, so there’s a few I’d hope would really get going. I’d also like to be able to stand up as skipper and help get the job done.
“Not playing last week I didn’t see anything, but I’ve heard the pitch was flat and the outfield was quick, so if the conditions are the same I think we do have enough firepower to get a score like that, if Cavaliers can do it in 63 overs there’s no reason we can’t in 80-odd.
“But again, we don’t know how many overs we’ll have yet. It’s a new challenge for a lot of the guys, who showed plenty of heart in a long day last week, so we’ll see what happens.”
In Saturday’s other round four clash Max Powell (23 not out) and Phoebe Litchfield (12 not out) resume with their Kinross side 4-69 chasing Centrals’ 136 at Riawena Oval.
Play in both games starts at 1pm.
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