Wests Illawarra have pushed leading clubs Balgownie and Helensburgh in the past fortnight and skipper Daniel Bogavac says his young side can test Illawarra title contenders Keira at Keira Oval this afternoon.
Wests are second-to-last and Keira are co-leaders, but Bogavac believes his team are playing better than their ladder position suggests.
"This is our third tough game in a row after facing Bally and the Burgh, but in both those games we've played well and had our chances," he said.
"We've been thereabouts in just about every game and the young players we have are learning a lot.
"We haven't won as often as we'd like, but the improvement is there and we want to go out and test a good Keira team."
Teenage batsman Tylar Edwards is in his first full season in first grade and has been selected for ACT for the national under-17 championships beginning in Hobart on Monday.
Edwards has scored 239 runs at an average of 39 for Wests this season.
Also playing this afternoon are Port Kembla and Corrimal, both coming off wins for their clash at King George Oval.
Fourth-placed Port had a solid 45-run victory over Northern Districts, and Corrimal delivered an eight-wicket thumping of last-placed University.
In other games, Dapto will be wanting a better batting effort at home to Norths, Helensburgh host Wollongong in the match of the round, and Balgownie host Uni.
Ladder: Keira 110, Wollongong 110, Helensburgh 102, Port Kembla 68, Balgownie 62, Dapto 55, Corrimal 46, Northern Districts 43, Wests Illawarra 21, University 8.