We need to be ticking over the runs and make sure we aren't getting bogged down.Daryl Kennewell
It's do or die for Centrals as they fight to remain in the Royal Hotel Cup.
But according to skipper Daryl Kennewell, it's a fight many weren't expecting them to be in.
Centrals came into the Twenty20 competition as underdogs, but put on a good showing in their first match against St Pat's, losing in the final over.
Kennewell believes they have learnt from their mistakes and are ready for Friday night's clash against City Colts.
"Our bowling was tight in that game, but our batting let us down by about 15 or 20 runs," he said.
"We tried to hit everything to the boundary instead of getting bat on ball and ticking over the runs."
Because both Colts and Centrals lost their first and only match to St Pat's, it means the winner of their match will go through to the knockout stage.
"Expectations were on us to lose," Kennewell said.
"We haven't had a strong 2020 team over the last few years, so everyone needs to do their individual jobs.
"We just need to do 10 per cent better than last time.
"We know they'll come out and play with intent, but the game plan will start with me just winning the toss, batting first and putting a total on the board."
That total won't just come with boundaries either.
"We need to be ticking over the runs and make sure we aren't getting bogged down," the skipper added.
"We bat all the way down to eight or nine, but we can't afford to lose too many wickets in the first 12 overs. We need wickets in hand for the final five. Against these guys, 130 to 140 would be par. With the bowlers we have, I'd trust them to do the job."
Colts were outplayed in their opener against St Pat's, with just two batsmen making double figures in their run chase.
But Kennewell knows not to underestimate his opponent.
"Matty Stephen is probably the pick of their bowlers," Kennewell added.
"Dan Casey and Russell Gardner have been doing well with the bat.
"We need to make sure we are 100 per cent focused in the field, we can't have lapses."
Looking inward at his own team, they also have a few big names back.
Colin Starkey will be in the side after recovering from injury and Nick Sharp will likely come in to strengthen the batting line-up.
So what would a win for the club mean?
"In general it would be a bonus," Kennewell said.
"We've worked hard over the last three years and to progress from this game would boost that confidence to know that the work is paying off."
The match between Centrals and Colts will take place at Wade Park and start at 6.30pm.
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