Sam Stephens is set for his most frantic run into Cricket Albury-Wodonga finals yet.
On top of trying to help Tallangatta remain in the top six, the Upper Murray export has two new arrivals at home to keep him on his toes.
Stephens' wife Kaysie gave birth to twins, Oakleigh and Oliver, at the start of last month amid the bushfire crisis that swept across the region.
The pair and six-year-old daughter, Indi, evacuated their home at Tintaldra four days before the arrival of the twins, but thankfully had a place to return to with the fires five kilometres either side of the property.
"We got out before the fires really ramped up. We left on January 2 before the weekend that was supposed to be a bit hairy," Stephens said.
"Kaysie had the caesar booked for the seventh, but they decided to come a day earlier.
"We still had to drive through 'Tumba' (Tumbarumba) which was a three-and-a-half hour drive instead of an hour-and-a-half, but it was better to get out while we could.
"We spent three weeks down in Wodonga while we were waiting for power to come back here at home.
"Matt Armstrong (Tallangatta coach) put us up for a week while we were finding somewhere to stay once the babies got here.
"Everyone has pitched in and done their bit where they can."
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But things have certainly been a bit different since then according to Stephens.
"We found out at the six-week checkup that we were having twins, so we could kind of plan for that, but it doesn't really prepare for it," he said.
"I think I got three hours (sleep) on Tuesday night, so that was a good night (laughs)."
The one constant through an eventful month for Stephens is cricket.
Tallangatta sits in sixth spot, currently three games clear of nearest rival Belvoir and are two wins away from cementing a finals berth.
Stephens has had another consistent campaign, claiming 22 wickets at 16.5.
"It's been good this year. We've got a good group of young blokes and a couple of older heads to keep them in line," he said.
"I've been finding I've been enjoying my cricket and that's what I'm playing it for now. I'm not really trying to go any higher with the cricket now, everyone has their outlet and cricket's mine."
The Bushrangers host second-placed Lavington at Rowen Park on Saturday.
Rowen Park was used as headquarters for a number of brigades during the bushfire crisis, but Stephens has been pleasantly surprised by the condition of the ground given the traffic it has had.
"The first week back the pitch was a little underdone, but the groundsman had only been able to get on it on the Wednesday," he said.
"The outfield was probably a little bit lumpy, as to be expected, but they've had a bit of rain since and a bit of a roll around the outfield and it's come up a treat really."
Elsewhere, Albury takes on North Albury, Belvoir faces Wodonga Raiders, New City hosts Wodonga, while St Patrick's meets East Albury.