Northerners will be looking to keep their Haisman Shield season alive when they travel to face Shepparton United tomorrow.
With three games remaining and only three wins on the board this season, the Jets sit outside the top six, but feel they are still in the mix — just.
Jets captain Mitch Brett emphasised the importance of this round, but acknowledged his side had not been good enough this season after making the past three premiership deciders.
‘‘When we play our best cricket we are a good side, but that has not happened enough this season. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways this week,’’ Brett said.
Northerners will be hoping to buck a four-game losing streak.
‘‘It has been a long time between drinks for us, so if we lose this week it is season over,’’ Brett said.
United is guaranteed a finals position and Brett will be hoping his side can nullify its potent batting order.
‘‘They are a good batting side. It is not just (Rehan) Bari, they have also got (Chris) Rendina, (Josh) Lawrence and a few others who can cause a problem or two,’’ Brett said.
Bari (470 runs at 47) and Lawrence (328 at 36.44) have had exceptional seasons for United, with the duo sitting in the top 10 for batting averages.
Lawrence was upbeat about his performances this year, but reiterated the importance of cricket being a team game.
‘‘I would like to have a few more runs on the board, but cricket is a team sport. So if I could give back a few of my runs for us to go one step further this year compared to last, I would in a heartbeat,’’ Lawrence said.
Lawrence was aware the Jets would come out firing with their season on the line.
‘‘They have nothing to lose. They need to win and they have a few players coming back this week, so it will definitely be a tough game,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a tough competition irrespective of where you sit on the ladder.’’