Over the past few years of the Orange District Cricket Association, batting has never been Centrals' strong point.
The side regularly had one of the stronger bowling attacks in the city, but just didn't have someone who would stand up with the bat.
This year, finally, that changed, with Fletcher Rose whacking 431 runs at a tick over 71, with four scores above 70 - including a ton.
Now, he's gone.
Rose signed off his last match for Centrals last weekend before heading away to university, leaving a gaping void in Daryl Kennewell's top order.
Brenton Anthony's one who's shown he can step up to make runs, while another is former skipper Jake Pauletto, who admitted Rose's departure "does leave a hole".
Pauletto's hit a 50 and scratched a few starts for the season but said his year with the bat had been "a bit frustrating".
"I've had a few starts but haven't gone on with it, you can't let it get to you," he said.
He backed Anthony and the rest of Centrals' top order to stand up.
"We've got enough people in the top six, over the past few seasons we just haven't had the application with the bat," he said.
"Someone will make a few runs and a few people will score a couple around them but we haven't just all stood up."
The side comes up against St Pat's Old Boys on Saturday at Wade Park and while Pauletto said the venue was the one you'd pick if you need to make runs, it has the potential to backfire with the Saints' strong batting line-up.
It's not fazing him.
"We're not thinking too much about the opposition from week to week with different sides in the competition," he said.
"Hopefully Wade Park will be decent despite the rain this week and we'll be able to score some runs on that."
Centrals sit eight points adrift of Saints - who are in fourth - but Pauletto said the side wasn't lying down with two rounds to go.
However, he knows there's one thing the side needs more than anything - wins.
"You just know mathematically you're always still a chance," he said.
"We've done a breakdown of what needs to go right to win but essentially we need to just get those two Ws going."
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