Oak Flats will seek to maintain the pressure on South Coast competition leaders Lake Illawarra when their two-day clash with The Rail commences on Saturday.
With the Railers bolted to the bottom of the competition ladder, the Rats will seek maximum points in the round 12 fixture.
Oak Flats captain Scott McAndrew has ensured, however, that his side won’t be complacent heading into the match.
“We’re looking at this game at trying to get maximum points,” McAndrew said. “We’ll try get first innings points first, and then hopefully push for the maximum.
“If we can get an outright win, we’ll be in a really good spot. The minor premiership will basically come down to our next match against Lake, whoever wins will get it.”
With rain playing a major role in this year’s cricket season, McAndrew recognises how important it is to hold the top seed heading into the finals.
“You want to go into big games knowing you’re on top of the table, if you draw you still go through. The higher up the ladder, you give yourself the best possible chance of winning the competition.”
This weekend’s other matches will see Lake Illawarra attempt to maintain their advantage atop the ladder when they host Kiama/Gerringong. Sitting in fifth-place, Kiama/Gerringong are desperate to claim a victory in their chase for a finals spot.
Finally Kookas and Shellharbour are set to face off for the second week in a row, with Kookas hoping to reverse last week’s Twenty20 defeat.