Nayland title hangs by thread

22:13, Feb 17 2013

Stoke-Nayland's hopes of a repeat Nelson one-day cricket championship title are under serious threat as they prepare to face unbeaten Athletic College Old Boys tomorrow at the Botanics.

Car Company Stoke-Nayland are lying fourth in the Nelson championship series after last weekend's heavy 83-run loss to Harrington's Beer Cafe Waimea Toi Toi United.

Another loss could derail their campaign although, with tomorrow's clash also doubling as a Kelvin Scoble Trophy pool match, Stoke-Nayland still have plenty of incentive to perform.

It will be their first KST outing of the season, while ACOB are already well established at the top of pool one after two straight wins.

Nelson competition leaders WTTU also have double points at stake when they host Taylors Contracting Wanderers at Jubilee Park.

WTTU are unbeaten and with a maximum 15 points after three rounds of the NCA series but are lying second in pool two of the KST competition behind top Marlborough side Biddy Kates Celtic.


Wanderers are struggling in both competitions - fifth in the NCA and fourth in pool two of the KST - but despite the absence of allrounder Connor Neynens, still have enough talent available to seriously affect other teams' fortunes.

Randles Cafe and Bar Wakatu and Sprig and Fern Tavern Motueka are both at home to Marlborough opposition.

Wakatu are already out of NCA contention after three straight losses but with one loss from their only KST outing, could still mount a challenge with victory over Grove Tavern Wairau tomorrow at Victory Square.

Motueka reversed several weeks of poor returns with a comprehensive 125-run win over Wakatu last weekend to place them third in the NCA competition.

They're not faring as well in pool two of the KST series after two losses and face a Criterion Wairau Valley side at Memorial Park with one win from their two matches.