Helensburgh may currently sit eighth in the Cricket Illawarra standings, but that doesn't mean the Tigers have given up hope of playing in the finals.
With just nine points separating Helensburgh from fourth-placed Keira, captain Ryan Morris remains confident his team can finish inside the top four.
"We've definitely still got a good shot at making the finals," Morris said. "We're not gone yet. There's still a lot of the season to go and the competition's still close. We're not that far away.
"We've been struggling to get players on the field. We've had a lot of guys unavailable, so we're trying to play as best as we can, get to Christmas and then we'll get guys back."
The Tigers quest to play finals cricket continues Saturday, with the side hosting ninth-placed Corrimal in the first of the competition's two-day matches, should the predicted weather hold off.
Helensburgh are preparing for a tough outing, the Cougars having claimed a four-wicket victory in the two team's round-five clash.
With the match the sole two-day game to be played before Christmas, Morris said it's vital his side starts building momentum.
"This is a must-win. We basically need to win every game from here on in to have a shot, we can't afford to lose too many more games.
"With players still to return after Christmas, Hayden McCrae will be back, as well as a few others, if we can get this win, it will put us in a good spot after the break.
"Our middle order needs to step up, the top order has been great. Mitch McCrae has been doing it for years and Ewan's (Cox) been great for us so far. It's up to the rest of the guys to score some runs."
After a disappointing loss to Port Kembla last week, Corrimal captain Xavier McDevitt said his team is looking forward to turning their focus to the two-day format.
With a victory over Helensburgh already in the bag, McDevitt is confident the Cougars can produce a solid performance in Saturday's opening day of play.
"Our fielding just wasn't up to scratch last week," McDevitt said. "That's where they won it, we gave them easy runs. It's something we need to improve.
"We'll take a bit of confidence out of the earlier victory, but they had a few out so it will be tougher this time.
"Batting's the key for us, if our batsmen can bat for long periods of time, we'll be alright. If we're batting this weekend, we have to bat out the overs, otherwise we just need to bowl well."
Helensburgh's clash at Rex Jackson Oval is one of numerous intriguing two-day matches to commence on Saturday, with competition leaders Northern Districts taking on Keira.
Balgownie will play Wollongong in a clash between two sides determined to remain in contact with the top four.
The match between Wests and Dapto will have similar stakes, with the Devils currently third and Dapto fifth on the ladder.
Finally, Port Kembla will look to slow University's momentum, the Blacks chasing back-to-back victories.
Cricket Illawarra Round Nine Two-Day Fixtures
Saturday November 30 12pm:
NORTHERN DISTRICTS v KEIRA at Hollymount Park
WOLLONGONG v BALGOWNIE at North Dalton Park
HELENSBURGH v CORRIMAL at Rex Jackson Oval
WESTS v DAPTO at Figtree Oval
UNIVERSITY v PORT KEMBLA at University Oval
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