Central Park-St Brendan’s will continue its push for a home semi-final in tomorrow’s Haisman Shield clash with Old Students.
It shapes up as a straightforward assignment for the Tigers; the Students have not won a game since round two and are languishing at the bottom of the ladder.
But Tigers coach Andrew Cowen was quick to dismiss the idea it could be an easy win for his side.
‘‘I wouldn’t think so, there’s great tradition between the two clubs and the form lines mean next to nothing when we play,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s sure to be a hot contest and I don’t think the current form of the sides will matter at all.’’
Cowen’s side will need to improve drastically, too, after being skittled for 51 against a surging Numurkah last weekend.
‘‘The big message at training was about not dwelling on the performance,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got big things left to play for this season and need to quickly move on. Although it’s disappointing, I think it could be a necessary step to achieving good things this season.
‘‘The batting focus is on occupying the crease for long periods of time. If you look at the fixtures, it’s a run of two-day games now and then two-day finals and a lot comes down to application and being prepared to bat for long periods.’’
For the reigning premier, it has been an up and down season; it has batted well but failed to defend solid totals.
But all aspects of the game would need to improve from last week’s four-wicket loss to Tatura.
The Students made 140 and despite taking some wickets weren’t in the contest as Tatura confidently chased down the target at 6-141.
With finals off the table they will be playing for pride in the final two games, with Katandra to come after the Tigers match-up.
For the Tigers, eighth-placed Karramomus await in the final round, meaning a home semi-final is right within their grasp.