A gun batsman who won't contest finals will play a crucial role in whether one team breaks a finals drought or another extends its proud record on Saturday.
New City's Indian import Saurabh Bandekar bolted to the top of the run-scorer's list after amassing an incredible 238 runs last weekend.
He posted 88 against Wodonga and followed it with an unbeaten 150 against Wodonga Raiders.
"It was really good for me to get a century," he said.
"I was happy with my form but for a batsman the three figures is always something to aim for.
"I had a few people teasing me that I hadn't got a century, I was getting so close and finally I got one and they were pleased to see me get to 150."
It was the right-hander's highest score at at any level comparable with CAW after a 64-game first-class career.
Bandekar will be the crucial wicket when New City hosts Tallangatta.
The Bushies hold down sixth spot on 45 points, while Albury is the only other team from outside with a chance to play finals.
It sits on 42 points, just half a win behind.
Albury will host winless Wodonga Raiders, but the expected win there will mean nothing if Tallangatta wins.
And that's why Bandekar's wicket is so important.
The Bushies have been regular finalists, while Albury hasn't made the top six since sealing a place in its debut year at provincial level in 2007-08.
"We are excited, especially after last weekend with the way we played against Wodonga Bulldogs also and took it to the second-last over and then obviously we won on Sunday," Bandekar said.
The 31-year-old wasn't selected for Goa in this season's Ranji Trophy, which is the equivalent of Australia's Sheffield Shield.
His Border visit was designed to win a spot back for next season.
"I've done my best," he said.
"I won't know until the end of August (whether I'm in the frame for selection) until they name their probables for an off-season camp."
Bandekar will leave the country next week for a stint in Glasgow.
Elsewhere, Lavington will host Wodonga.
The visitors will be desperate to regain their best form after winning only three of their past seven games.
Lavington has lost only one of its past 30 games, but Wodonga needs a confidence-boosting win heading into finals.
And Wodonga could lose its season-long hold on a top three spot.
St Patrick's sit a win behind, but boasts a stronger percentage.
The Patties though also face a brutal test against second-placed North Albury.
The home side is highly unlikely to lose second spot.
East Albury will round out its season at home to Belvoir.
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