The Rail captain Brett Gilly has declared his side is prepared for a first-up test as the South Coast Cricket competition returns from the Christmas break.
The Razorbacks will take on competition leaders Lake Illawarra in their first two-day game of the competition, which commences Saturday.
Gilly acknowledges his players must play at their best to topple the Lakers but he's confident the longer format suits his team.
"It's a massive test," Gilly said. "Lake are still the benchmark, they have been over the last few years, so it will be a tough two days.
"A lot of people in our team thrive in the two-day format. If we play our best, we can be competitive. They're proven winners, but if we win the key moments and put runs on the board, we can win."
Saturday marks the start of five two-day matches, with each team to play each other once in the run to the finals.
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While The Rail currently sit third, Gilly declared his side can climb into the all-important top two with a number of solid long-form results.
"The next two games, Lake Illawarra and Shellharbour could potentially decide the top two, so the next month of cricket is massive for us.
"With the chance of rain, finishing in the top two is pretty important. We've got to knuckle down and hopefully we can win at least one of the next two games.
"A lot of it will come down to who can pick up outright wins. If we can pick up a win against the better teams, we'll be a good chance of finishing in the top two."
This weekend will also see Oak Flats host Albion Park and Kookas take on Shellharbour.
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