Three teams chasing place in one-day final
Wanderers, Waimea Toi Toi United and Stoke-Nayland have only tomorrow's final round of the Car Company Nelson one-day cricket competition remaining to secure the two available spots for the season decider.
Taylors Contracting Wanderers and WTTU share the lead on 29 points, just one clear of previous leaders Car Company Stoke-Nayland, who blew their chance of heading straight into the final last Saturday when they lost to RWCA Athletic College Old Boys by 24 runs at the Botanics.
It means they must now beat Wanderers tomorrow at the Marsden Rec to qualify. They face the side that many see as the title favourites with a strengthened lineup and playing on their home patch.
Captain Ryan Edwards and batsmen Ben Homan and Brendan Hodgson were unavailable last weekend, but will be back for tomorrow's crucial encounter.
Wanderers' leading batsmen, Tom Cross and Dan Cooper, both scored ducks in Saturday's four-wicket win over Post Boy Hotel Wakatu, with Cooper now not having scored a run in his last three club outings. He's the competition's leading runscorer and Stoke-Nayland won't be banking on him failing again, with Cross again also looming as an obvious threat.
WTTU will play Wakatu at Saxton Oval, transferred from its originally scheduled venue at Jubilee Park due to problems with the pitch.
Already out of the title race, Wakatu slipped up last weekend against Wanderers after two consecutive wins so will at least be looking to end their season on a more compelling note.
A win will get WTTU into the final and the opportunity to add to the two-day crown they secured prior to the Christmas break.
ACOB and Sprig and Fern Motueka will end their respective seasons at the Botanics, ACOB looking to build on last week's win over Stoke-Nayland and Motueka simply looking for any sort of positive return following a miserable one-day series.
- The Nelson Mail