THE chance to create history is all the motivation Cricket Albury-Wodonga skipper James Tonkin and his teammates need today.
For just the second time CAW has a chance to make it through to the final four teams in the SCG Country Cup with a win against Lisarow Ourimbah on the Central Coast.
Despite criticising Cricket NSW’s scheduling after several players had to withdraw, Tonkin admitted he would play on Christmas Day if he had to.
“We’re going up there to win,” he said.
Tonkin rated his team 90 per cent full strength despite the late withdrawals of English import James Weighell, Lavington stars Andrew Taylor and Brendan Klein-Boonschate and East Albury quick Cameron White.
Coming in for them is a good mix of youthful talent in Tom Wells, Liam Scammell, Jack Robinson and Ash Sutherland.
“We’ve got the versatility to bat first or second but hopefully we can make enough runs as our bowling probably isn’t our strength,” Tonkin said.
“We’ve got a few spinners and Scammell and Mark Butters will lead the bowling attack.
“We’ve been to the final eight once before and we give ourselves more chance of winning now.
“We have a chance to create history so that’s the incentive for us.”
Tonkin said Lisarow Ourimbah was in the same boat as CAW in that it wouldn’t know a great deal about what it was up against.
“All we can go on is what games they’ve already played and I’d say it would be the same for them,” Tonkin said.
“I’ve heard a few whispers that they might have a few former Sydney grade cricketers playing for them so we’ll have our work cut out for us.”
If CAW wins today it will play in a semi-final tomorrow.
A win in that game would then see it play in the final at the SCG on Sunday, February 3.
Today’s other quarter-final action will see Tuggeranong Valley meet Lake Illawarra, Hamilton-Wickham take on Coffs Harbour and Merewether versus Dubbo.