Last chance to sway rep coach

Southland's leading cricketers will get one final chance to impress before Southland Hawke Cup coach Steve Jackson confirms his team for the final southern zone game against Mid Canterbury in Invercargill next week.

Round nine of Southland's senior competition will provide a good opportunity for players to make a statement for inclusion in the all-important Hawke Cup game.

Saturday will also be a key day in determining the make-up of the 2012-13 senior one-day title playoffs.

Metro, Appleby, Marist and Albion look like they have already done enough to advance to the final four for the first round of playoffs on March 2 but there will be a scrap over who plays who.

There is an obvious advantage to finish in the top two as those teams get a second life in the first round of playoffs while the third and fourth qualifiers will head into a sudden-death matchup.

The Combined Country competition is just as cut throat with only Waikoikoi and Riversdale looking as if they have banked a top four spot with four rounds to play.

Games this weekend which will likely have the biggest impact on the standings is the Tuatapere (3rd)-Wyndale (5th) showdown and the game between the Metro Cubs (4th) and Riversdale (2nd).

The in-form Invercargill-Old Boys team will also have the chance to upset competition leaders Waikoikoi and claim the Challenge Shield for the first time.

The Southland Times