Premiership title to be decided in Sunday’s final match shoot-out

Crosby batsman Danny Kniveton in action aganist Cronkbourne last weekend. The Marown club are away at Valkyres this Sunday JM150809(9)

Crosby batsman Danny Kniveton in action aganist Cronkbourne last weekend. The Marown club are away at Valkyres this Sunday JM150809(9)

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Peel and St John’s play Cronkbourne on Sunday in a match which will decide the Isle of Man Premiership.

With just this one game left, the Saints lead the Douglas side by 13 points.

The winners will take 20 points, so victory is vital to both clubs.

When the teams met earlier in the season Cronkbourne suffered a 47-run defeat.

Peel and St John’s made 207 for 7 with Chris Hawke hitting 70 and Phil Littlejohns 52. Luke Lacey and Jaco Jansen took three wickets each.

In reply the Douglas club were bowled out for 160 despite an outstanding 88 from Max Stokoe.

That loss cost them the top spot in the table.

Sunday’s deciding game goes ahead at Mullen-e-Cloie, starting at 1pm.

The result could well hinge on the prolific opening partnership of Cronkbourne’s Max Stokoe and Adam McAuley.

In their last two games they have had unbroken stands of 362 and 152.

To win the match, the Saints’ attack must dismiss these two quickly, otherwise all could be lost.

Both clubs are keeping quiet about their line-ups, but there are strong rumours that the Saints may be hard hit by key players being away on holiday.

However. they will be boosted by the return from Australia of former island opener Jon Norrington.

This decider promises to be a classic and not for the faint-hearted!

Elsewhere in the Premiership third-placed Crosby will be hoping to bounce back after last week’s defeat.

They are away against Valkyres who will be hoping for a victory which could take them off the bottom of the table.

Ramsey, at home to Castletown, will be wary of that Valkyres match.

If the Douglas team win and Ramsey lose, then it will be the northern club ending the season in final place.

Expect them to put in a special effort, but Town are still favourites to take all the points.

Maurice Trace

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