New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is largely considered the NFL’s greatest of all-time and as such he’s often asked of his secret to success, which he’s said time and again is a simple one – taking things one play at a time.
It’s a lesson in not looking too far ahead basically, and although it’s cliche Orange skipper Daryl Kennewell says his side will take a similar approach into Sunday’s Mitchell Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup at Jack Brabham.
His Bluebaggers face reigning champions Bathurst in Sunday morning’s opening clash and Kennewell says there’s little point looking beyond that, considering the Barracudas’ strength.
Although he did admit if his side can get through Bathurst he’ll be confident of hoisting the trophy for the second time in the competition’s three-season history, Orange won the inaugural title back in 2016-17.
”You’re letting yourselves down if you’re not aiming to win these competitions but to do that we have to beat Bathurst first and I think they are the biggest dangers,” Kennewell said, with Lithgow taking on the Blue Mountains in the other preliminary game.
“Lithgow will be strong too, they’ve done well in (Orange District Cricket Association’s) Royal Hotel Cup and they’ve got some of their players back who play club stuff in Bathurst, which will help them as well.
“If they get through the Blue Mountains’ top three I don’t think they’ll have too much trouble, but Bathurst is our focus and we’ll worry about anything else after that.”
Bathurst has named a blockbuster side to be led by Jameel Qureshi, one that includes youngster Nic Broes, who has set the Royal Hotel Cup alight with St Pat’s Old Boys this summer.
But the Bluebaggers have plenty of firepower of their own, with Central West Wranglers Josh Doherty, Matt Corben and Kennewell himself all in the ranks.
“We actually had about 17 guys to pick from, which was great, and I think we’ve got the balance right,” Kennewell said.
“It did mean a few of the younger guys who have played a role in the [Western Premier League and President’s Cup] missed out but they’ll get their chance, and different formats call for different skill-sets.
“The attack’s good and there’s plenty of guys who can do some damage, particularly at the top with Nick Dunlop and Josh Doherty opening the batting.
“It’s all in there in a way, if they get going they could get us off to a really good start but we’ve got guys like Matt Corben and Ryan Kurtz at three and four who can do the job too.”
The first games starts at 10.30am, with the final and third-place play-off both beginning at 2.30pm. All the games are at Jack Brabham.
- ORANGE: Nick Dunlop, Josh Doherty, Matt Corben, Ryan Kurtz, Hugh Le Lievre, Charlie Greer, Angus Cumming, Ed Morrish, Mitch Black, Fletcher Rose, Daryl Kennewell ©, Zac Reimer
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