Saturday’s intriguing Twenty20 clash between Old Boys and City United looms as a kind of battle between the “old” and the “new”.
Old Boys, with their vast trophy-winning experience, and City United, with their exciting emerging side, are second and first on the overall ladder. Those positions are reversed on the T20 ladder.
Adding to the spectacle, the match is a day-nighter as part of a gala day at No.1 Oval that will feature all four grades (starting at 10am).
Old Boys have surged in the T20 comp, winning four straight to book a spot in the T20 final on February 1, regardless of what happens in Saturday's final-round match.
City quick Tait Jordan said much would be on the line on Saturday, including in terms of the psychological battle between the sides.
The chance for City United to win long-overdue silverware, after their one-day final clash against South Tamworth was abandoned due to wet weather, was also a major motivation, Jordan said, adding that it was “a bit heartbreaking” not getting the chance to play in the one-day final.
“They’ve [Old Boys] come back into the comp with the T20s, and they’re gonna try and move forward after this,” he said.
“So definitely, tomorrow’s [Saturday] game is gonna be a big one … get us into the T20 final if we win, and then try and gain some momentum over the sides that are trying to chase us down.”
Jordan said City were “very confident” they had the firepower to withstand any challenge thrown at them in the second half of the season. The side “backed themselves” in any situation.
“I think we have the bowling attack that can skittle anyone, and I think our batting’s coming along strong,” he said.
“We’re just confident. And we’re happy to get through the T20s and move through the two-dayers and get a roll on and hopefully do a job.”
Jordan said City United would be close to full strength for the match, and he expected Old Boys to be the same.