Metro, Appleby look to confirm playoffs spots

23:21, Jan 24 2013

A busy weekend is in store for Southland cricket folk.

The race for the senior one-day and Combined Country competition playoff spots are heating up.

The senior one-day round-robin series is just about to push past the halfway point tomorrow while the Combined Country teams have seven games to play in their 18-game round robin series before the semifinals.

In the senior competition, competition leaders the Metro Tigers and second-placed Appleby could be the first teams to cement a playoffs berth this season if they win tomorrow against Marist and Albion, respectively.

At the other end of the competition standings life will become very difficult for the losers of the game between Invercargill-Old Boys and Southland Boys' High School, who both picked up just the one win in the first round in the round-robin series.

In the Combined Country competition there is still plenty of time for all teams to make a push for the semifinals, but the form guide would suggest Waikoikoi, Riversdale and the Metro Cubs will be there with the likes of Wyndale, Tuatapere and Waikaka scrapping it out for the fourth spot.

As well as club cricket this weekend two games will be played at Queens Park as part of the New Delhi Players Club tour.

The visiting Indian team will play a Southland under-20 team today and then play a team made up mainly of Southland Hawke Cup representatives on Sunday.

Club cricket and Sunday's game will be the last chance for players to impress before Southland coach Steve Jackson selects a team to play North Otago in Invercargill next weekend.


The Southland Times