Appleby favoured to win inaugural declaration title
A tense final round in Southland's club declaration competition is instore as the teams battle it out for the first trophy to be handed out for the 2012-13 cricket season on Saturday.
Southland Cricket this season introduced a 110-over declaration club competition format to better prepare players for Hawke Cup level.
The format has proved popular with most games developing into tight finishes.
As far as the competition goes, it also is a tight finish with Appleby and Albion the frontrunners to take out the title.
Appleby would favour themselves to topple Southland Boys' High School on Saturday and put themselves in the box seat although Albion would also fancy their chances.
Albion have been in good form and will search for a victory over Marist on Saturday or hope Appleby are beaten and a draw may well be enough for the Gore club.
Invercargill-Old Boys can still count themselves a chance but would need other results to go their way.
They would need to beat Metro on Saturday and hope Appleby and Albion fail to pick up wins.
Following Saturday's final round of the declaration competition the one-day competition will start. It will be held over two rounds with the top four progressing to the playoffs.
It is tight in the Combined Country competition with the sixth round to be played on Saturday.
Each of the 10 teams play each other twice before the top four play off in semifinals later in the season.
Tuatapere, Riversdale, Waikoikoi and the Metro Cubs sit in a four-way tie on 14 points at the top of the table.
The form guide would suggest Waikoikoi should stay at the top with a win over Invercargill-Old Boys on Saturday but either the Metro Cubs or Riversdale will slip back from the lead with a loss when they meet at Riversdale on Saturday.
Another crunch game on Saturday will be between Wyndale and Tuatapere.
The Southland Times