With a wet forecast for the end of the week this could get messy and add to the complication of how the leagues are won and lost. Any overs lost means no bonus points and a maximum of 5 available.
Just a reminder that where a divisional title comes in to play it is points first then it is number of wins then the points won on head to head. If this is equal the title is shared.
Where the place is for promotion or relegation decider it is Points, Wins, head to head then Net Run Rate.
21 games down and still all to play for :
Denton St Lawrence will have a huge say in the title race but are unable to overtake Flixton on points and are 3 wins behind so the title is between Flixton (77) & Woodbank (73). An abandoned game, tie or win for Flixton would guarantee them the title (an abandoned game would mean Woodbank could not catch their win tally, even if Woodbank took 6 points). A loss with bonus point for Flixton would mean Woodbank need a win with Bonus Point, a total loss for Flixton would mean Woodbank need a 5 point win. Flixton play at bottom of the table Glossop, Woodbank have a home tie against 3rd place DSL who can claim second place with a win.
So if you see Martin Kay zooming along the M67, M60, M66 at any stage of the day with a trophy on his dashboard, keep out of his way, he’ll be a man on a mission between Glossop and Woodbank –good job it isn’t far between them!
At the foot of the table, anything could happen due to restructuring for GMCL2018 this is the only division where there is relegation.
Glossop, Bury and Walshaw will fallin to the second tier with one more club to face the drop with them. That club will be one of Egerton (53 pts), Prestwich (55), Bamford (56), Denton West (56) and amazingly our 5th place team Roe Green (57) are still in themix. Last season Bury survived on 49, Glossop (55) and DSL (57) but last year there were 37 incomplete or abandoned games, with everyone losing at least 5 but so far this year only 10 games have not been completed, DSL losing 4 but Denton West have not a single game lost, an incredible difference (maybe DLS helped with this but DLS has not helped DSL!).
2016 League champions and 2017 Cup Winners Egerton must, in reality, win at home to relegated Walshaw to survive,
· an abandoned game will see Egerton level on points with Prestwich if Prestwich are beaten, but Prestwich will have more wins and Egerton will drop;
· Egerton can survive with a tie but Prestwich would have to pick up nil points.
· On head to head Egerton have 2 wins over Prestwich but the only way this can come intoplay is if Prestwich tie and Egerton win (5) to make equal wins, an Egerton 6 point win would see them leapfrog Prestwich if they tie.
A Prestwich win would of course see them safe and bring Bamford, West and Roe Green into the equation if Egerton win. Wins for any of the 4 above Egerton would see them safe.
If Prestwich win,
· a Tie for Egerton and no points for Bamford would see Bamford safe on more wins.
· a Tie for Egerton and no points for West would see West safe on more wins.
If Prestwich win and Egerton have a 5 point win
· A rain off for Bamford would see level points (58) and level wins with Egerton but Bamford have the head to head with two wins so Bamford would be safe
· A rain off for West would see level points (58) with Egerton but West would still havemore wins and so West would be safe.
· 1 or 0 points for Bamford or West would mean Egerton were safe and the lower of Bamford or West would drop, West currently have more wins and a better head tohead with Bamford so Bamford would have to score more points than West to getabove them.
If Prestwich win and Egerton have a 6 point win to give them 59.
· 0 points for Bamford, Bamford relegated
· 1 point for Bamford, 0 for West, West relegated
· A rain off for Bamford would see Bamford relegated unless West only scored 1 or 0points, in which case West would be relegated
· A rain off for West would mean Bamford would need a tie or win to be safe.
· Roe Green only need a rain off to be safe.
If Prestwich, Egerton and Bamford winand
· The West game v Roe Green is rained off then West will be relegated only if Egerton take6 points, otherwise Egerton will be relegated
· if West v Roe Green game is not rained off then if West lose (0 or 1 point) then Westwill be relegated.
· If the West v Roe Green game is not rained off and Roe Green lose, then Roe Green will be relegated only if they score 0 points or if they score 1 losing bonus point and Egerton have a 6 point win.
Have you got all that?
By the way the top 7 teams qualify for the Lancashire Knockout in 2018.
Head to head conclusion
A fantastic, winner takes all game at Heywood will decide the title – league leaders Greenmount visit Heywood with a 2 point advantageand one more win in the bag. There are no ifs or buts or wins or head to headhere, the winner takes the title. The consolation is of course that both sides are back in the top tier for GMCL2018 whatever the result, so congratulations to them for that.
Other 2 promotion places are being fought all the way byWoodhouses (77), Flowery Field (74), Edgworth(74) and Stand (72). They are between them playingthe teams in 8,9,10 and 11th places so there are a host of outcomes possible.
As it stands Edgworth have the advantage over Flowery Fieldon head to head, the cricHQ table has a slight adjustment to reflect this.Should Woodhouses and Edgworth finish on equal points and equal wins thenWoodhouses have the better head to head. Flowery and Woodhouses have equal headto head so if they are on level points it will go to NRR so currently Flowerywould take this.
Stand need to win and need 2 of the other 3 not to win tohave a chance.
There is no relegation from Div 1 this season
With three games still to play any of the top 9 can still be promoted and any of the top 5 could mathematically be champions but Astley &Tyldesley who are currently 5 points clear at the top of the table could go along way to securing the title with a win at second place Thornham this weekend, of course Thornham could go top if they are victorious.
So still all to play for in Division 2
Champions are Elton Vale – well done to them! Successive promotions and a league title too!
Also looking for promotion to Division 2 are Whalley Range2nds, Radcliffe, Clifton 2nds, Littleborough Lakeside and Bolton Deane & Derby. There are a minimum 5 places up for grabs between these 6 clubs
Whalley Range need their 1st XI to be promoted from Div 2 to Div 1, in order for them to be promoted. Teams from the same club are not allowed in the same tier except the lowest tier.
Division 4 East:
With Division 3 expanding to 2 two divisions A and B next season there are a minimum 4 promotion places available for each Division 4 so these places are guaranteed now for Rochdale Catholic Club 1st XI plus Flowery Field, Denton St Lawrence and Stand 2nds XIs.
Rochdale are just 2 points ahead – and they are home to Unsworth with Flowery home to SW Manchester so the title is there for the winning – good luck to both clubs!
No relegation but Greenfield 3rds will move to the Sunday competition because their 1st and 2nd XIs are moving in to the GMCL
Division 4 West:
Again, with minimum 4 promoted congratulations go to EastLancs Paper Mill and Tottington St Johns 1st XIs plus Roe Green and Bury 2nds.
At the top the Millers are just 3 points ahead of Roe Green so good luck to both!
Roe Green face Totty at home whilst ELPM travel across Bury to meet Walshaw.
Division 5 S&E:
Congratulations go to winners Denton 2nds with still lots toplay for with the other promotion slot up for grabs.
Bolton Indians 1st XI are 2nd but playat Newton Heath 1st XI to decide that last spot with Newton Heath just a point behind Bolton.
Division 5 N&W:
Congratulations go to Fothergill & Harvey running out champions whilst not having to play the last weekend.
The other promotion slot is between Bolton Deane & Derby 2nds and Bamford Fieldhouse 2nds who play each other, Bamford have to win to take second place
With many of ourpromotion places still to be decided there could be a few tense games this weekend but let’s make sure we respect our officials and opponents.
Let’s hope for a cracking last weekend of cricket, and that the weather forecast turns around and we get a host of worthy champions!