Cats are left on the street

Tara Murray

Hoppers Crossing hopes to find this winning habit in the east-west Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association.

The Cats have played good cricket in their four games, but they have only one victory to draw from.

On Saturday they lost to Mt Waverley in the day’s final.

The Cats went 6-174 with captain-coach Simon Lambert leading with 45. Mt Waverley finished 5-176 in response with Jeremy Swan taking three wickets.

On Sunday, the Cats were 0-8 in response to Taylors Lakes 9-145 when the rain fell.

Lambert said the start to the season has been frustrating.

“It’s been disappointing the last few weeks,” he said. “Last weekend against Donvale we were down 7-35, needing 50 from 22 overs.

“We found ourselves in another winning position on Saturday and fell with one ball to play. They had a batsman who hit them from the first pitch at the short boundary.

“Sunday we were in another winning position and the heavens opened and that was it.”

Lambert said that even though he was winless in the last three matches, he would take many positives from all matches.

He said they had dominated big parts of every game, now it was all about finding the right combinations.

“We’re still finding the right combinations,” he said. “I am new and there are also some new players.

“We are always looking for combos, especially with bowling. We were a little better yesterday [Sunday] the spinners intensified.

“We have 10 bowling options and it’s all about finding the combinations that work. We find out which bowlers should play in each situation, the ones we’ve coached haven’t progressed.

Lambert said that outside of the slump against Donvale, their hitter hadn’t been too bad, but there were occasional soft layoffs.

He said there was also the learning curve of forming winning habits after a number of years without seeing consistent results.

“Once we got into that habit and started running around a bit,” he said. “We will be really hard to beat in the future.

“We have to win the best games and people are stepping up and taking more responsibility and not leaving it to the guys at the bottom of the order.”

Lambert said the competition seemed pretty fair with any team capable of beating any team. He said the teams that find their rhythm first will be the ones that have a head start.

“Of the 270 overs we’ve had, I’d say 240 offs have been checked,” he said. “Those 30 overs cost us two games, that’s cricket.

“You cannot take your foot off the accelerator at any time.”

Werribee’s game with Noble Park on Saturday ended in a draw with no play due to weather.

On Sunday, the Tigers beat Box Hill.

The Tigers went 8-125 before beating Box Hill for 82.