No side has come close to matching the dominance of Central Park-St Brendan’s this century and on Sunday the club will look to secure another slice of history.
The Tigers are gunning for a record 10th Cricket Shepparton one-day title when they host Shepparton United at Deakin Reserve.
The clash is a rematch of last season’s decider when Central Park got home by three wickets and when the sides met in round three it was again the Tigers who got home.
Central Park skipper Ramadan Yze said his side was not necessarily the favourites, despite its recent success.
‘‘Going into the game I think we’ve both only lost one game, so whether we’re favourites or they’re favourites, it doesn’t really matter, it will come down to who turns up at 11am on Sunday ready to play,’’ Yze said.
‘‘If you don’t perform on the day the result isn’t going to go your way, it’s as simple as that, so hopefully the boys are switched on and ready to go.
‘‘They are a very dangerous side and in form, so we’ll just be backing ourselves like we did the first time we played them and hopefully the result goes our way.’’
Yze agreed the day you get sick of winning is the day you stop playing and emphasised there would be no room for complacency as his men looked to secure yet another premiership.
‘‘We take a lot of pride in our finals record, it’s a great achievement so far, but that doesn’t mean anything come Sunday and the boys know that,’’ Yze said.
‘‘I think they’ve got enough experience now to have a level head and stick to the task at hand to get the job done.’’
Yze csaid his players were itching to go.
‘‘There’s always a bit of extra spice in a final and the past few weeks the boys have been pumped up, they can’t wait to get out there, you can just feel the intensity at training lift,’’ Yze said.
‘‘When you play in a final you want to be the one lifting the trophy at the end of the day so hopefully we do our best and do what we can to make sure it comes back home to us.’’
Central Park secured first innings points against Mooroopna and must decide whether to bat out the day tomorrow or press for an outright victory.
‘‘I’m not playing on Saturday because of a family commitment, but I hope we bat all day so the boys are fresh for Sunday,’’ Yze said.
TEAMS AND PLAYERS TO WATCH
Central Park-St Brendan’s
Brendan Kenna (12th man)
Brayden McGregor: At just 19 McGregor is one of the leaders of this dominant Tigers side and has been in sublime touch with the bat this season, smashing 319 runs at 63.8.
Ramadan Yze: The Tigers captain stands and delivers time and again for his side when it matters most and if the game is on the line, you can expect Yze to keep his nerve.
Dwain Vidler (12th man)
Rehan Bari: The opening batsman is enjoying a sensational campaign and already has 419 runs next to his name at a league high average of 69.8. If he fires, so will United.
Chris Rendina: The skipper has been in great form this season, hitting 213 runs at 42.6, but his most telling contritbtion has come from his leadership.