THEY’VE missed the last two Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade grand finals but City Colts have gone some way towards ending that run thanks to their one-day and Twenty20 performances.
Now comes the hard part.
Two-dayers have the potential to flip the table on its head and we spoke to Colts captain Matt Stephen about his team’s areas to focus on for those upcoming matches.
COLTS went down in their season opener before bouncing back to win their next three games – a strong effort from a squad often struggling to piece together a consistent starting 11 week in, week out.
They were tough performances as well, winning a pair of games by two wickets and another by four wickets.
Colts’ temperament during their chases has been fair but their partnership building skills will certainly be put to the test over the longer matches.
COLTS went just one from three during their Twenty20 games but with less points on the line their ladder position wasn’t impacted heavily.
Stephen said the team were simply outclassed across the shorter format games.
“It didn’t exactly go to plan. It was the same old story; You’ve got to bat your overs,” he said.
“You have to give yourself something to bowl towards. To be fair the other teams just played a better game.”
The loss against Bathurst City came about because of a poor day with the ball while a slow run rate didn’t aid their cause against St Pat’s Old Boys.
It’s a whole different beast in two-day cricket but those games have certainly given Colts plenty to dwell upon.
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVING
Fielding the same players each week would be a big boost for the team but Stephen knows life’s never that simple.
“Were struggling to get a consistent first grade team on the paddock but that’s life. People have things on and we don’t get paid to play so other things take priority,” he said.
“I’m just looking forward to the rest of the year. Hopefully we can finish inside that top three and give ourselves a chance.”
Colts copped a harsh lesson in the value of two-day matches last season when a three game losing streak to end the regular season almost cost them a finals place.
It’s an eerily similar spot for Colts this season. They have one place on the ladder to gain but several to go down if things don’t pan out the way they want.
“We have to work hard on spending time at the crease. We’ve got a pretty good bowling attack but our form shows that we couldn’t even bat 40 overs so when you’ve got to bat for long periods of time you’ve got to knuckle down and show a bit of grit,” Stephen said.
COLTS’ PLAYERS TO WATCH
SINGLING out any one player was too difficult a task for Stephen.
“On their day I could name 10 other players,” he said.
“Anyone on their day can turn a game.”
From a statistics perspective, Dave Henderson leads the wicket count for Colts while Jaden Ekert boasts the most runs.
It will be a blockbuster start to the two-dayers as Colts play Bathurst City in a top-of-the-table game at the Sportsground.