Medway in the middle of us and victory: Strachan

CYMS captain Ben Strachan has identified Dan Medway as the man most likely to stand between his side and victory in their final match of 2012.

Just five weeks ago Medway almost single-handedly helped Macquarie beat CYMS with a dazzling 160 in the first innings helping his side reach a total of 299 - a total they would eventually defend by 78 runs.

The Cougars go into day two of this clash with Macquarie with 388 runs on the board and while Strachan admits it is a good position to be in, he admits his side is aware of the Blues' ability with the willow.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves. Macquarie scored 350 against Rugby in their last game and basically 300 against us in the game before that," he said.

"Those games were up at Victoria Park where this time it's down at Lady Cutler where the outfields are much quicker.

"We need to do everything right. Bowl in the right areas, be on our toes in the field and accept that there's probably going to be a few boundaries hit because the field is so quick."

Strachan himself is playing with extreme confidence after posting his first Whitney Cup century last Saturday and being part of the Dubbo side which progressed to the quarter-finals of the SCG Cup the following day with a win over Parkes.

Putting suggestions of a back injury aside, he even rattled Parkes batsman Anthony Heraghty with a vicious bouncer.

As well, he finds himself now playing alongside his younger brother Lachlan, a NSW Schoolboys representative.

"Lachlan will be with us for the rest of the season, which is great," Strachan said.

"He bats at four with the schoolboy side but we will use him at six and he bowls a bit of medium pace as well so he will be a handy pick-up for us.

"We're playing some good cricket at the moment and we're playing some confident cricket. Jaspal Bansal has scored a heap of runs and it was a pleasure to watch him last week when he made 166.

"I played second fiddle and was happy watching him but I was happy to convert a couple of decent scores into a century of my own."

CYMS currently sit in third place on the Whitney Cup ladder, jusy 0.9 points ahead of Macquarie, and Strachan will be giving his players some simple instructions on Saturday.

"Most of the boys don't have any cricket for the next three weeks so I will tell them to just rip and tear for this one day and then they can enjoy their break," he said.

"There's still a lot of cricket to be played so a win won't get us into the finals but if we go into the break with a gap between us and Macquarie it will give the boys a lot of confidence going into the second half of the season."

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