Minor premiership race down to the wire
By TONY WHITE
HARWOOD Hilton's position at the top of the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League cricket table is under threat this weekend.
With the penultimate round of the regular season scheduled for today and another one-dayer tomorrow, the all important minor premiership ? gaining direct entry into the grand final scheduled for March 25 and 26 ? and the top three positions will be up for grabs.
Harwood will take on last-placed Brothers at Yamba Oval today in a must-win game for the club. Harwood has led the premiership since the opening round.
Second-placed Westlawn will play Tucabia-Copmanhurst at Ellem Oval in a repeat of last night's South Ex-Servicemen's Club/Daily Examiner night cricket final.
South Services have the bye.
Tomorrow, Harwood has the bye and results from other matches will determine the club's fate.
Harwood leads the table with 92.29 points from Westlawn Crown Hotel (82.05), South Services (75.24), GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst (63.34) and Brothers Post Office Hotel (60.84).
Seven points for a win and one point for a loss are up for grabs on both days, but the most likely outcome is it will come down to bonus points ? .1 for every run and .2 for every wicket.
Wickets and runs will be paramount in this intriguing finish to a good season.
Respective captains have turned mathematicians this week trying to calculate endless scenarios.
Put simply, to have a chance of being minor premiers Harwood must defeat Brothers today then wait to see what happens to defending premiers Westlawn.
If Harwood and Westlawn win their respective matches, it will come down to Westlawn against South Services at Ellem Oval tomorrow to decide the minor premiership. Tucabia take on Brothers in the other Sunday fixture at McKittrick Park.
South are also under threat from Tucabia for third position.
The elimination final will be played Saturday and Sunday next week.