Bathurst City will be looking to extend its undefeated record in the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade when it takes on Centennials Bulls on Saturday afternoon.
Redbacks have won their opening two matches – against City Colts and St Pat’s Old Boys – and will take on a Bulls outfit that are yet to win a game this season.
Redbacks will enter the match will a full-strength squad, minus wicket-keeper Campbell Baker, for the match which will be played at the Bathurst Sportsground.
Captain Joey Coughlan said he’s not sure what to expect from a Bulls side that have lost several key players.
“I’ve got nothing to expect from Bulls this year, because they’ve lost Josh Toole and Aaron Seymour,” he said.
“I know [Andrew] Browny got a few runs and another guy [Troy Kenny] got some runs.
“Their key has always been their top order, if we can get a few early wickets, that’ll be pretty crucial.”
However, Coughlan knows that taking wickets isn’t an easy thing at the sportsground.
“We played on the sportsground last weekend and we got 267, but St Pat’s only got 18 runs short with a few wickets in hand. It’s an absolute road,” he said.
“The field itself is amazing. Council has done a great job in getting it to where it’s at.
“The council deserve a pat on their back for the work they’ve done. I inspected that pitch the week before last and it was unplayable.
“To get it to scoring 500-odd runs between us and St Pat’s, they’ve done a great job.
“So saying that, I expect nothing less this weekend: plenty of runs and not too many wickets.”
Coughlan said expects to sort out a second grader to wear the gloves while wicket keeper Baker is away this weekend at Tamworth.
“Waven’t needed [Baker] with the bat yet but his glove work is really, really good. Whoever gets the job done, I hope they can do a good one,” he said.
A win for Redbacks will cement their position at the top of the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade ladder.
The game between Redbacks and Bulls is to start at 1.30pm on Saturday.