Redbacks starting strong in title defence

Taylor Stevenson. (Shawn Smits) 202972_08

Romsey’s premiership defence is off to the perfect start in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association McIntyre Cup.

The Redbacks were three and zip to start the season with wins coming against the Sunbury Kangaroos, Woodend and Rupertswood, with a match against Sunbury United played over the weekend.

While the Redbacks haven’t fully hit their straps, talking prior to the United game, captain-coach Ben Way said it has been a good way to kick off the summer.

“We’ve won all our games, probably made it a bit harder than it should’ve at times,”

“We’ve got to a stage where we’re starting to see some good performances with some players.

“But we’ve won three from three so you can’t complain about that.”

The clash with Rupertswood was one that was harder than needed to be with the Redbacks in a commanding position at 5-162, with just a run needed to secure the win. The Redbacks then lost 3-0, needing a run off the final two overs to win the game, with only two wickets remaining.

“We haven’t been at our best so far,” he said.

“It’s those games you need to win because we don’t want to be kicked out of the top two or top four by letting a game slip early in the season.”

“The last two-three years we’ve got ourselves in a position where we’re not quite at our best but we still find a way to win.

“This season everyone’s done something without anything being amazing.

“We’ve been up and down and everyone’s had their moment without anyone having an amazing start.

“Hopefully we can start to put our best performances together week in week out, instead of just finding ways to win.”

Way said he was hoping his side could put it all together against United over the weekend.

“There are the games we want to play in and challenge ourselves against the best and turn up and hopefully get a good performance,” he said.

“The last two or three times we’ve played them, it’s been really close games, we know they’re going to turn up, ready to knock us off, they’ve probably been ready for this game since the start of the year.

“We’re excited for it and ready to play what we are expecting to be one of the top two or three teams at the end of the year.”