A red-hot Deni Rhinos will make the journey to Katamatite to take on the Tigers in the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s first round of 20-20 cricket tomorrow.
The Rhinos charge into the game on a three-win streak, finishing off the one-day 45 over fixture sitting third on the ladder with four wins and one loss.
Katamatite have so far won two out of their five games to sit in fifth spot on the ladder and despite this record have played some tremendous cricket against the top sides.
Rhinos coach John Arthur said the change of format and facing the Tigers will be a big challenge for his side.
‘‘It’s a massive game for us and it is crucial we get a win,’’ he said.
‘‘If we were able to head into the game against Nathalia 5-1 then it would help with our confidence.
‘‘A win could also set up our season to get a bit of a buffer over the Tigers.
‘‘We have a lot of players in form at the moment so we need that to translate to Saturday (tomorrow).’’
Arthur said that Rhinos captain Brad Todd will be crucial for his side tomorrow, with the all-rounder fresh off an impressive half century.
It was Todd’s bowling that has impressed the Rhinos coach more though, with the medium pace bowler’s economy rate at 2.5 runs per over from his 36 overs bowled.
‘‘If Toddy can restrict the number of runs scored it would set us up beautifully,’’ Arthur said.
‘‘Andrew Hogan has also been impressive as a strike bowler this year.
‘‘He bowled with figures of 4/9 off his nine overs last week and has taken at least one wicket every week.
‘‘The most important thing for us is our fielding. We have some solid outfielders in Liam Pitts, Zeniffe Fowler and Boddie Arthur who can cannon the ball in fast and save a few runs.
‘‘Everyone has also been ensuring that catches have stuck. That’s crucial in 20-20 cricket.
‘‘I personally think that it’s easier to chase a total in 20-20 cricket and with the bowlers performing well at the moment, we could set ourselves up to chase a small total if we can bowl first.
‘‘We may look to rearrange the batting order but our top five to six batters are all capable of opening.’’
The game will be played at Katamatite Recreation Reserve at 11am tomorrow.
The Deni Rhinos Division One side will also hit the road to take on an undefeated Katunga.
The match will be a 40 over game, with a starting time of 1pm.
After last week’s wash-out, the Under 14s Rhinos will host Tocumwal in a 20-20 one-day game.
The match will be played on oval three at Memorial Park, with a start time of 8.30am tomorrow.