Metro lead in buildup to one-day title fight
For Invercargill-Old Boys and Southland Boys' High School, the curtain will come down on the 2012/13 club season tomorrow.
However, for the other four teams, the fight for the Southland one-day title is well and truly alive.
The round-robin series will finish tomorrow, with Invercargill-Old Boys and Southland Boys' High School out of the playoff hunt heading into the final round.
Metro, Appleby, Marist and Albion have confirmed they will line up in next Saturday's playoffs. However, tomorrow's round will decide who plays who, and the teams that have the luxury of a second life.
The top two teams from the round-robin series will square off in the major semifinal on Saturday, March 2. The winner will go straight to the March 16 grand final and the loser will get a second life.
On March 9, the loser of the major semifinal will play the winner of the game between the third and fourth-place qualifier to find the second finalist.
If teams are tied on points after Saturday's rounds, rankings will be based on who beat who in the round-robin series. If each of the tied teams has won one game, it will then go to the net run rate in the round-robin competition.
Metro have confirmed a place in the top two because they have beaten Marist twice this season.
However, they will still be eager to beat Appleby tomorrow to retain the minor-premiers tag.
Senior, one-day, round 10 Appleby v Metro Tigers SBHS v Marist Albion v Invercargill-Old Boys Points Standings: Metro Tigers 28 Appleby 24 Marist 20 Albion 20 Invercargill-Old Boys 12 SBHS 4 Combined Country, round 16: Waikaka v Invercargill-Old Boys Wyndale v Appleby Marist v Riversdale Tuatapere v Waikoikoi Metro Cubs v Lumsden
The Southland Times