Each member of the Coffs Tigers team will be required to stand up in its crucial clash against Urunga today.
Each member of the Coffs Tigers team will be required to stand up in its crucial clash against Urunga today. Leigh Jensen

Now or never

LAST weekend's wash-out ensured the final day of the regular season will feature plenty of exciting cricket action with all matches to be decided in just one afternoon.

Playing for either a finals spot or a home semi, the stakes are high for all teams.

But, the game that will have the biggest bearing on the finals will be the clash between third-placed Urunga and fourth-placed Coffs Tigers.

Both sides go into this weekend's games sitting precariously inside the top four but only a win today will secure a semi-final berth.

Despite carrying a four-round winless streak into the match and a horror lead-up to this encounter, Coffs Tigers captain Nic Rowe believes his side has saved its best cricket for when it matters most.

"We are fairly confident going up against Urunga. We had a great win against them earlier in the season and hopefully we can do the same this week," Rowe said.

"It's been a difficult week with injuries - Kieran Hogan hurt his knee at training and will miss the rest of the season and I am carrying a bit of a leg injury into the match and most likely wont bowl. It isn't ideal, however it will be a big match and the rest of the boys will stand up to ensure we get the win."

Rowe believes the fact the match is being played at Brelsford Park will be a major factor.

"Unfortunately we have had a number of matches this season moved away from Brelsford which has made it tough," he said.

"Coffs Tigers are hard to beat at home and I think it will give us the upper-hand."

 

FINAL ROUND MATCHES

Coffs Tigers v Urunga at Brelsford Park

Dorrigo v Diggers Ex Services at Rowe Oval

Sawtell V PBBC Colts at Richardson Park.