Borton Cup newcomers Eastern will play their first fixture in Oamaru on Saturday when they visit St Kevin’s College in round four of this year’s competition.
Eastern enjoyed an opening round bye and have suffered two defeats at home since in contrasting fashion.
Albion limped to a one run victory in Waikouaiti in a performance that would instill confidence in the newbies, but this belief was short lived following Valley’s 96 run win last weekend.
The change of scenery will not be the only unfamiliarity for Eastern, it will be their first outing on grass rather than their home artificial surface.
Jeff Grubb said it may take some time for the players to adapt to the grass and insisted patience is key.
“It could be difficult,” he said.
“It might take a while to adapt to the pace of the ball, and might take a wee while for the younger fellas to get used to it but they’ll have to be patient.”
“We’re on grass for the next two weeks so it’ll be a steep learning curve. It could rain between now and then so we’ll just take the pitch it as it comes.”
Saturday’s round four Borton Cup fixtures;
St Kevin’s vs Eastern, St Kevin’s 1
Union vs Oamaru, King George Park
Valley vs Albion, Weston Park 1