Adam Lole has put the onus on the Tamworth Blue batsmen as they look to keep their Connolly Cup defence alive after an underwhelming final round performance.
"Our bowlers have been doing the job all summer," the skipper said ahead of their semi-final match-up with Western Conference winners Moree on Sunday.
"It's up to us batsmen to put our hands up and put a decent total on the board."
They failed to do that in their final round clash against Gwydir with Lole one of only three players to make double figures as they were bundled out for 102.
"Our batting needs to improve considerably," he said.
"We batted poorly, played poor cricket shots."
It was the first time they have batted first this summer and first time their batting had really been put under any scrutiny.
They hadn't had to chase more than 80 in their previous games.
Lole wasn't using their youth (eight of the 12 were under 18) as an excuse. They've all played enough cricket to know better, he said.
"Hopefully in the seven days since, we've learnt from it and can bat better," he said.
He couldn't complain about the bowlers.
They toiled hard in searing temperatures.
He was particularly impressed with young Sam Murphy.
"He bowled well, was always charging in," he said.
"And young Matt Holmes he got a wicket first ball of the innings."
"Those two, it was probably about 38 degrees and they certainly didn't shirk their responsibilities."
Ben Livingstone and Josh Attard are set to come into the side for Sunday.
Lole doesn't know a lot about Moree but is expecting a tough game, the winner to play either Gwydir or Gunnedah in the final.
"They've obviously played some good cricket," he said.
"They'll have at least one Montgomery, possibly two and Chris Holland is obviously a decent bowler."
The game is scheduled for turf but can be moved to synthetic if the turf wicket is unavailable.