VITAL TIME: Jack Rogers will be a key for Kinross as they push for places in the Royal Hotel Cup final and Orange District Cricket Association finals.THERE’S plenty on the line in the final regular season Royal Hotel Cup match of 2011-12.
CYMS take on Kinross tonight under lights at Wade Park, with the students needing to win to book a place in next week’s grand final against Centrals.
And while CYMS are out of contention for a place in the day-night decider, should the green and golds record a victory against the students it’ll propel them into the top four on the Orange District Cricket Association’s overall standings.
CYMS skipper Dave Neil knows a win is a must.
“It’s a vital match,” Neil said.
“We both have tough two-day games starting on the weekend, and with the weather being what it is there’s no guarantee those games will be completed anyway, so we need to beat them tomorrow night.
“They’re playing for a berth in the final so I’m sure they’ll be keen. But our season is on the line.”
Kinross head into the match following a strong win over Orange City in their last day-night match.
The students bowled out the experienced Orange City line-up for just 87, holding on to win by two wickets in a low-scoring affair.
Kinross coach Mark Gardner said his side would be confident against CYMS after accounting for Orange City.
“We really want to play. In all honesty, the boys would probably prefer to make the final of the Bonnor Cup than the Saturday cricket. It probably suits our game,” Gardner said.
“But we’ve only played CYMS once this season and we won in the last over. I’m expecting it to be close again.”
Orange, like the majority of the region, has received its fair share of rain this week.
As much as 80 millimetres of rain is expected today.
Should the match be washed out, it’ll work in Kinross’ favour.
Although they will fall short in their quest for a place in the RHC final, Kinross will hold a four-point advantage over CYMS on the overall standings, giving them the edge with one two-day round of the ODCA first grade competition remaining.
“Having said that, CYMS are capable of surprising Cavs and by the same token, we’re capable of a strong showing against City. You never know,” Gardner said.
Neil believes the wet weather won’t change Wade Park’s already bowler-friendly pitch too much.
“The pitch will have some juice in it. It’s been kind to the bowlers since cricket resumed there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for us,” he said.
Tonight’s match begins at 5.30pm.
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