MUST WIN: Josh Toole and his Bathurst team-mates need to beat Blue Mountains on Sunday if they want to reach the President’s Cup decider. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOKOrange’s Mitchell Cricket Council President’s Cup final hopes are completely in the Blue Mountains’ hands, as the Cattle Dogs prepare to take on Bathurst in this weekend’s final preliminary fixture.
If the Blue Mountains topple Bathurst, the Bluebaggers will be guaranteed a place in the final against the Cattle Dogs.
If Bathurst bounces back from its loss to Orange two weeks ago, the finalists will be decided on net run rate which would, on current numbers, likely resignthe Bluebaggers to missing out.
Bathurst has been the formside inWestern Zone this season, having reached the final fourof the state-wide Country Cup, but the now-dubbed Barracudas lost out by one wicket to Orange in a thriller.
The good news for Bathurst is that a full strength side is available for Sunday’sgame and it will be played on home turf at The Scots School.
“It should be a good contest, if we play our best cricket hopefully it will be a good result,” Bathurst skipper Jameel Qureshi, one of those to miss the Orange match, said.
“Losing to Orangewas a bit of a wake up call to the boys I think, those things are never nice. Hopefully we produce our best cricket this time for the Blue Mountains.”
The Cattle Dogs showed they’re a threat in the opening round by thumping Orange by six wickets at Country Club Oval.
Michael Emmanuel snared 5-30 while opening bat John Ford made 54. If they line up again on Sunday, they will be two players to watch, but Qureshi is more focused on what his side can do.
“I really don’t know much about Blue Mountains, but Iknow they beat Orange and Orange beat us,” he said.
“They always play well as a unit, play well as a team. They are pretty similar to us in that they all get along well together.
“But I’ve always been a big believer, especially at this level, that if you concentrate on the basics like taking catches, running between wickets –it’s those little things that count.
“If we do those one per centers and play well as a team –bat in partnerships and bowl in partnerships –that’s what it’s all about. We have a very well balanced side, so it’s a matter of getting the little things right and concentrating on ourselves.”
Qureshi said he will be looking to bat first should he win the toss, but at the same time chasing a total does not concern him either.
“If the wicket is flat I always like to bat first, get the runs on the board and put the onus back on the other side –they’ve got to play at your pace,” he said.
“But we are comfortable chasing as well, we have a fair few batsmen with a fair few different gears who can bat for certain situations.”
Play starts at 10am.
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