COFFS Harbour District cricket has today reached the halfway point in the season and ladder leader Nambucca Valley has a golden opportunity to give rivals plenty to ponder during the holiday break.
Hosting third-placed Sawtell at Thistle Park, Nambucca coach Terry Baldwin said his young charges won't feel any nerves taking on the 'kings' of limited overs cricket.
"Forget any ideas about inexperience - their youth and athleticism makes them ideal for a one-day game," Baldwin said.
"How well they perform in the field has been a huge plus so far and I can't see that changing.
"I just sit there at first slip and see them bouncing around the ground and it's pretty exciting to watch."
Baldwin said last weekend's first loss to Plantation Diggers did no harm and was not unexpected.
"We were a little down in strength in the top of the batting last Saturday but things picked up at the tail.
"Everybody's back for Sawtell, so a win would be a nice way to head to the new year."
Park Beach Bowling Club Colts put their entire season on the line in the visit to Dorrigo.
Still looking for a win, another loss will leave the club stranded at the bottom of the ladder and all but consolidate a place for the Buzzards in the finals.
Diggers have the luxury of sitting back to see what transpires and will celebrate their annual Christmas party tonight at the Planto from 6pm.
The season resumes on January 23, with just three rounds left before the finals.