The Kookaburras (Toronto) have arguably the hardest finish to the T20 Summer Bash preliminary rounds on the hardest side of the draw.
Last year’s finalists, title holders the Sea Dragons (University) and undefeated Pumas (Hamwicks), both await in Sunday’s double header at Ron Hill Oval.
Anything less than two wins makes it tough to reach next weekend’s semi-finals, and even then it might not be enough depending on other results from pool A.
“They are two must-win games against last year’s finalists,” Kookaburras captain and NSW Country representative Adrian Chad said.
“We’re relatively confident with how we’ve been playing our T20 but it all comes down to the day because one good innings or one good spell can change everything.”
Chad will have his full squad available outside Ryan Fenning, who is away representing NSW at the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.
However, the Kookaburras are bolstered by the inclusion of three marquee players from Manly – Sam Gainsford, Logan Weston and debutant Joe Graham.
The Kookaburras have only dropped one of their opening two fixtures and share second spot with the Magpies (Charlestown), who host the Tigers (Wallsend) and Sabres (City) at Kahibah Oval.
In pool B, the Whips (Belmont) remain equal top with the Rosellas (Wests) after Thursday night’s judiciary hearing ruled in their favour. The Whips lost no points for playing ineligible marquee Adam Taylor in round one because the district had granted permission.
The joint leaders meet at Harker Oval along with the Lions (Merewether).
Waratah Oval hosts the Waratahs (Waratah), Seagulls (Stockton) and the Black Roses (Cardiff).
Play starts at 9am.
POOL A: Pumas 6; Kookaburras, Magpies 4; Sea Dragons, Tigers 2; Sabres 0.
POOL B: Whips, Rosellas 6; Black Roses, Lions, Seagulls 2; Waratahs 0.