HE has no idea who will feature in half of his batting lineup to start the season, but it hasn't stopped Matt Miller from aiming for premiership success.
The Wauchope RSL captain and his side are motivated to go one step better in the 2019/2020 Mid North Coast Premier Cricket League season after they were beaten in last season's grand final.
But first, he has to decide who will fill the three vacant spots in the top and middle order after the departures of Aaron Hagenbach, Robbie Parker and Jake Morgan-Monk.
But with the uncertainty around the makeup of his side for the opening-round clash with Taree West on October 12, provides an opportunity or two for anyone who wants to take it.
"There will be opportunities," Miller said.
"As a club we try hard to bring the young guys through, but we don't want to burn them out before they're ready.
"That gives the opportunity for some of our new recruits and some of the up-and-comers to come in and cement their spot in the top six."
Joining Hagenbach, Parker and Morgan-Monk on the absentees list are Bailey Smith and Isaac King.
"What we are going to have to do is rely on the younger guys that have been coming through our system for years now to step up," Miller said.
As a result, the captain hinted a move up the batting order could be on the cards for himself, but the focus for the team would be on simply "getting the basics right".
"This year we need to take the singles when they're on offer because I think we got too caught up in hitting boundaries last year," he said.
"The singles and twos are just as important."
Miller remained confident of a strong season despite the fresh, unknown qualities of his side.
"I'm expecting us to go one better than last year and win the final," he said.
"But we've got to take each game as it comes. You can't win a final at the start of the season so you have to win those early games to cement yourself at the top."
With Nulla pulling out of the competition, only seven sides will battle it out and Miller felt the Taree sides would again be ones to watch.
"Wingham are always strong and I think will be a force to be reckoned with this year," he said.
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