Complacency is not an option for the Deni Rhinos in their two day match against Waaia according to coach John Arthur.
The third placed Rhinos will travel to Waaia for day one of the final round clash in the Murray Valley Cricket Association tomorrow, in what is a must-win game for the Bombers if they are to keep their slim finals chances alive.
While his side’s spot on the ladder won’t be affected by the match, Arthur said his side is hungry for a win before finals.
‘‘Waaia are a handy side so we expect a tough contest from them,’’ he said.
‘‘We want Waaia to take it right to us. We want our batsmen having to perform well under pressure and our bowlers to work hard for their wickets.
‘‘The best way to prepare for finals cricket is to play tough games in the lead up.
‘‘The ladder can’t change much from our perspective but we need to run into good form heading into finals.’’
It was a high scoring affair the last time these sides met, with the Rhinos successfully chasing down a total of 195.
Last week the Rhinos lost 16 wickets for just 110 runs over two innings against the Purples, with Arthur identifying they will need a much better batting performance this weekend.
‘‘After our game against Nathalia last week, we decided to have an extra session in the nets on Monday to work on our batting,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll need our batsmen to be scoring well because Waaia have plenty of firepower.
‘‘Brayden Carey and Jordy Cleeland are both aggressive at the crease, so we’ll need to try and take their wickets early.
‘‘Mitch Cleeland is a talented all-rounder as well. He is smart with the bat and a massive threat with the ball so he’ll be one to watch.
‘‘We’ll be welcoming Anthony Bradley back into the line-up this week, so that will add more depth to our batting.
‘‘Ash Germano is due for a big score at the top end. He’s been batting really well and rarely looks like he’ll lose his wicket.
‘‘But if our top end falls quickly then we need more from our middle to late order.
‘‘Other sides have been able to score well against us deep in their list, but we haven’t been able to do so ourselves.
‘‘We have to start doing that to other teams to put the pressure on them.’’
In Division One the Rhinos will host Strathmerton tomorrow afternoon, while the Under 14s side will host Nathalia in a 40 over semi final match on Sunday at 10.30am.