Focus on wickets for Cats

Wagga City have come through three must-win matches and are now looking to deliver in the one that matters most.

GAME ONE: Wagga City coach Jon Nicoll and his South Wagga counterpart Luke Gerhard are both looking to take home the cup in the Wagga cricket grand final at Robertson Oval this weekend.

GAME ONE: Wagga City coach Jon Nicoll and his South Wagga counterpart Luke Gerhard are both looking to take home the cup in the Wagga cricket grand final at Robertson Oval this weekend.

The Cats battled their way into the finals series with a victory over Lake Albert before knocking out Kooringal Colts and St Michaels on the way to the grand final this weekend.

Now they have South Wagga in their sights.

Captain Warren Clunes is looking to ensure they winning run continues.

“Four weeks ago we had a plan, we said we had to win every single game to win the comp,” Clunes said.

“We’ve won three out of the four so there is one to go.”

Wagga City have qualified for five of the last six grand finals, but Clunes rates this weekend’s match at Robertson Oval differently after struggling for early season consistency.

“At Christmas time we were probably written off by everyone and we weren’t in a position ourselves to be thinking about a grand final,” he said.

“We’ve worked really hard in the back half of the year so I’m proud of all the guys.

“Hopefully we can get one more.”

With the changes this season, South Wagga can take out the premiership with a draw.

It means the focus for the Cats is picking up the 10 wickets.

"I know it sounds simple, but whether we bat or bowl first we need to take the 10 wickets to win the game,” Clunes said.

“We have to be patient, if we try to many things it is easy to score runs and the game can get away from you.

"We need to be patient, dry up the runs and try to bore them out.

“We also need to take all our catches, we can’t afford to drop 10 like we did last weekend.”

While the draw remains a threat, Clunes expects both teams will be playing with the win.

“I don’t think they will come in with that mentality, but if they do we just have to have the mentality that we win,” he said.

“They have the option of the draw up their sleeve but hopefully we can take that out of their hands.”

His Blues counterpart Joel Robinson isn’t focused on the possibility of a draw either.

“I’m always a win first kind of person and are team have a win first mentality,” Robinson said.

“We just have to play pretty positive cricket and whether we bowl or bat ensure we play positively.

“Obviously the higher seed will change both teams game plans but it is nearly guaranteed there won’t be a draw.

“Both teams will be looking to win.”

Wagga City will come into the decider unchanged while Robinson expects the same.