NEWLY-MINTED side South East Redbacks have not played much cricket together so far, but foundation skipper Cameron Wood has seen enough to expect big things from the team this season.
Wood, who was captain of Swifts last season, believes the combination of Swifts and Eastern Taipans players has what it takes to make a run at the Harding-Madsen Shield finals.
But after an opening round loss and the washed-out fixture at the weekend, Wood knows a win against Centrals on Saturday is crucial to make that run a reality.
"We played Diggers in round one and we managed 220 with the bat,” Wood said.
"We were a couple of bowlers short, but still pushed them all the way.
"They hit 360 against Brothers on the weekend, so that shows how well we did.
"To have Laidley at 8/100 (when the match was abandoned) was pretty good also.
"If we can get the batting from week one and the bowling from last week together, we give ourselves every chance to knock over Centrals.”
The amalgamation of Swifts and Taipans was only confirmed not long before the start of the season, but Wood said the fledgling team had no issues in coming together.
"It was a little tricky at first, but we've all played rep cricket together so we all know each other,” the skipper said.
"We said at the start of the one-day competition we wanted to play semi finals, and to do that we have to win games.
"This weekend will be a big factor to see whether or not we can achieve that goal.
"A win this weekend would kickstart us.”
Wood said a key strength of the Redbacks early was their spread of even contributions, with no standout player.
"Centrals lost a lot of batting strength after last season, and we're a strong bowling unit so we'll look to play to our strengths,” Wood said.