The final group games of the Ladies county championship takes place this weekend.
Although it will be a brave punter to back against the current group leaders all going through to the semi-finals. In some ways the more interesting games are the ones to avoid relegation to next years President’s group.
South Yorkshire lead the way and play 2nd placed Burton in the final game. It will a win by over forty points to send the Burton ladies through to the semi’s. Burton will be hoping that Tutbury BC gives them a good home advantage but they will face a tough game as South Yorkshire teams always play Meersbrook BC extremely well.
It will take a North Derbyshire win by only sixteen to take them above North Shropshire and into third place in the group. North Shropshire are heading to Bridgewater Small BC and North Derbyshire are using Staveley King George as this should be a good game.
Warwick and Worcester know they only have to a avoid defeat to guarantee their place in the semi’s. They face Staffordshire this weekend who need to win by well over a hundred to go through and they may well be looking at the result of the other game in the group. The Warwickshire ladies are using the Solihull Marsh Lane Club to try and guarantee the group win. The Staffordshire ladies are using the Bucknall Club in Stoke on Trent for the game.
Bottom placed Dudley play North Lancs and Fylde. A Dudley win will most likely take them into third place in the group. In turn North Lancs will be hoping for a Staffordshire win and a huge win for themselves to take them through. It will be a long trip for both away teams and they will both hope the M6 is free from hold ups. Norbreck BC in Blackpool and Rowley Labour in Rowley Regis will both be welcoming venues for the travellers.
It’s the Shropshire ladies who lead the way and if they beat Wales they will most likely be through. To try and make sure of this they are using Newport BC for the home game. Wales are using the tricky Esclusham club for their home game. Both venues will not be easy for the away players.
Mid Cheshire will be for a Welsh win and also a very healthy win over South Staffordshire. To try and get this they are using the usually quick Frodsham Red Lion. South Staffordshire are in turn using a tricky home green at Pennfields in Wolverhampton.
Yorkshire are top off the group and play second placed North Warwickshire. Yorkshire will be favourites to go through as they also lead all the teams in points scored this year. They will be hoping to match their seniors who claimed the Veterans County Championship earlier this year.
Its the Rastrick Club for the Yorkshire ladies as they try to keep leading the way though they may not find Haunchwood the easiest of venues to visit.
The other game in the group should be a battle to avoid relegation. It has been a poor season for both Lancashire and Cumbria as both teams have struggled and scored the least points this year. Its a new venue for the Lancashire ladies as they head to Ashton Cricket Club in Manchester and Cumbria ladies are using the Askam club in the battle to avoid relegation.
Last years bottom placed teams in each group have been battling for the President’s championship this year.
Its the Greater Manchester ladies who lead the group and they play third placed Merseyside in the final game. Royton Cricket Club is the home venue for Greater Manchester and Merseyside are using Upton Victory Club on the Wirral.
Cheshire will be hoping for a Merseyside win and to beat North Midlands themselves to win the group. The Cheshire ladies are using the Knutsford Club for the home game and its the Bulkington Club for the North Midlands ladies.