North Albury is looking to pick up where it left off following the association’s three-week break.
“I think we were pretty frustrated by the performance the week before against New City, we were pretty ordinary there,” coach Matt Kirkwood said.
“We finally did what we’ve been trying to do all year with the ball in terms of bowling as a group and putting pressure on the batsmen, making the batsmen think about where their next runs are coming from.”
North bowled out the Panthers for 151, with Greg Daniel snaring 5-29 from 10 overs.
Fourth-placed North is away to St Patrick’s, which holds down sixth spot.
Meanwhile, New City will host East Albury in one of three clashes involving the top six teams.
The Phoenix has been the standout surprise packet of the season.
The club finished second bottom last season, with just the two wins.
New City is in third spot, two wins clear of North, with seven wins and two losses.
In the three previous years, the Phoenix had won only six games.
Elsewhere, Belvoir’s home game against Albury takes on enormous significance.
Belvoir has won just the three matches, while Albury boasts only one.
If the Eagles can topple the visitors, it will make it extremely difficult for Albury to play finals.
And Wodonga Raiders host Tallangatta.
The Bushies had a slow start, but pushed back to the fringe of the top six with a 125-run win over Albury.
Indian import Sahib Malhotra proved the difference, blasting 135.
He was the only player to pass 37.
Raiders have improved markedly this season, but it will take a monumental effort to halt the visitors’ momentum.