Cricket: North Tamworth captain Brendan Rixon sets his teammates a challenge ahead of Old Boys clash

FRUSTRATING: Redbacks skipper Brendan Rixon says the side have the ability to be dangerous.
FRUSTRATING: Redbacks skipper Brendan Rixon says the side have the ability to be dangerous.

North Tamworth captain Brendan Rixon believes in his players – now he wants them to believe in themselves.

That is the challenge Tamworth’s leading batsman this season has set his teammates ahead of the side’s crucial two-day encounter against competition leaders Old Boys at No.1 Oval on Saturday.

With three rounds to go before the semi-finals, Rixon conceded that the fourth-placed Redbacks needed to iron out their form fluctuations.

He said the team could deliver at any time. “It’s whether they believe it themselves,” he said, adding: “I don’t know if it’s [confidence] something that comes with age, but you need confidence in yourself to go out and be aggressive or feel you can compete at a higher level.”

Rixon said the side “touched on” the issue earlier in the season. He admitted that some of his players were “in a bad spot” confidence wise.

“It will be a challenge against Old Boys,” he said. “They’ve won a few in a row and they’re a good batting side. We’ll have to make sure we’re switched on.”

Norths are about four points behind second-placed South Tamworth.