Unperturbed by a losing streak stretching as far back as the start of the campaign, Greater Northern Raiders coach Andrew Gower finally is convinced his upbeat side has turned the corner.
Keeping Lindisfarne in the field for 130 overs only before declaring six wickets down has the players assured they have unlocked the formula towards winning again.
"We go in with confidence because our batting has been really sharp," Gower said.
"There's been some really good performances with the bat first against New Town and then against Lindisfarne.
"So I'm really happy where we are as a batting group.
"We probably have to work a bit harder with the ball. We just have to find a way to get 10 wickets. It's just so crucial to be able to win games.
"Our focus is taking 10 wickets because we think the batters will post a total we will defend. We have to focus on finding a way to get the wickets to get our first win."
In the last two-dayer for the year before a bye and T20 games begin, Gower has urged his side to be "boring".
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"We have to be a bit boring somewhat and not to chase wickets, build pressure that way, so we can wear teams down similar to what we do with the bat," Gower said.
"I think we have to take that focus in with the ball to be a bit more boring and not chasing things so much."
The Raiders will be without Lachie Newland, Sam O'Mahony and Ben Spinks, the trio to depart for Western Australia for the under-19 national championships.
Gower can bring in experience with Miles Barnard, Anish Paraam and Jonathon Chapman available, but has also plucked out 16-year-old seamer Sam Artis to debut.
"We're rapt to be able to be in the position to give Sam an opportunity," Gower said.
"His season has just been fantastic this season as the NTCA leading wicket-taker.
"It just goes to show that hard work pays off in the end.
"He was a bit disappointed about missing out playing in the under-17 state side, but his attitude and the way he's worked hard over the past six to eight weeks is truly just a credit to himself."
North Hobart will regain perennial runmaker Caleb Jewell, but could lose Alex Pyecroft and Luke Doran in an extended state squad.
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