Eaglehawk captain Cory Jacobs and Huntly-North Epsom skipper Elliott Massina will be nervous men as they stride to the Canterbury Park pitch for the toss of the coin ahead of their BDCA semi-final.
The winning formula for first XI two-day matches at Canterbury Park this season has been - win the toss and bat.
In five first XI two-day games at Cantberury Park this season the team batting first has a 5-0 record.
The highest score batting second is 185 - made by Strathdale-Maristians in a 45-run defeat.
The average score batting second is just 124.
Canterbury Park curator Bernie Fitt is as good as any in the region and the statistics are not a reflection of the quality of the pitches.
The size of the ground, the length of the outfield and Eaglehawk's outstanding bowling attack has made the venue a tough one for batting.
So much so that there hasn't been a century scored in two-day games.
The highest individual score in two-day games this summer in 70 - shared by Borough duo Anthony West and Matt Fitt.
Runs on the board are always vital in finals, but even more so at Canterbury Park.
"If we can bat first and make 200, then we think we can defend it,'' Jacobs said on Friday.
"Our bowling attack is in really good form at the moment."
While Eaglehawk enters the semi-final as favourite, Huntly-North Epsom is the only team to defeat the Borough in a two-day game on their home deck this season.
In round six, the Power grafted their way to 8-219 off 85 overs before star all-rounder Adam Ward dismantled the Borough batting line-up by taking 8-39 as the side was dismissed for just 111.
"Adam (Ward) has had a great year with the ball and they have a couple of great back-ups in Brett Elvey and the spinner (Sandun) Ranathunga,'' Jacobs said.
"They can put pressure on you and tie you down, so whether we bat first or second we're going to have our work cut out for us."
Huntly-North Epsom's bowling depth has been weakened by the loss of injured opening bowler Mitch Whittle. Keeper/batsman Brodie McRae has been named to play his first game since late January, while the Power have stuck with Denis Grinton after the veteran made his first XI debut for the club last week.
After starting the season 0-3, the Power won eight of their next 10 games to storm into the finals with strong form and momentum behind them.
While plenty hinges on the performances of Ward and their Sri Lankan imports, the Power have beaten the other three semi-finalists and they thrive on the "us against them" mentality.
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