Two tantalising Tinker Cup semis in store this Saturday

Isle of Man batsman Chris Hawke takes on the MCC bowling attack at Tromode on Friday. The Manx and the annual tourists played two games winning one apiece. The island side travel to Sussex next weekend to take part in the ICC Europe Division One Championship - MIKE WADE 130621(48)

Isle of Man batsman Chris Hawke takes on the MCC bowling attack at Tromode on Friday. The Manx and the annual tourists played two games winning one apiece. The island side travel to Sussex next weekend to take part in the ICC Europe Division One Championship - MIKE WADE 130621(48)

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Stand by for two classic semi-finals in the Standard Bank Tinker Cup on Saturday.

Ramsey are at home to Castletown while holders Cronkbourne travel to Mullen-e-Cloie.

This could present a big problem for the Douglas side. They lead the Premiership, but in second place are their cup opponents Peel and St John’s. Also when the teams last met, it was the western side which came out on top.

Added spice to the fixture sees the Saints’ Dan Hawke and Cronkbourne’s Jaco Jansen in action against their old clubs.

This will not be a game for the faint-hearted.

Last week Ramsey and Castletown suffered defeats with both sets of bowlers conceding more than 200 runs. Now they battle it out to see who will contest next month’s final.

Town will pin their hopes on the return of Wicus Wessels – a player with a current run tally of 464 at an average of 66.

On the other hand Ramsey’s Shaun Kelly has nearly 400 runs at just over 56, so a high-scoring game is on the cards.

The Tinker Cup final is set for Saturday, July 27 at a neutral venue to be agreed between the teams.

l More details are now available of the Isle of Man’s fixtures in the ICC Europe Division One Championship, which goes ahead in Sussex early next month.

On Sunday, July 7 the island play a warm-up friendly game against Middleton, which is just outside Bognor Regis.

The tournament begins the next day with the 12 nations split into two leagues.

The Manx start with a really tough opener against Denmark, who won Division One last time and are strongly fancied to repeat that feat. This game is at Henfield.

On Tuesday there are two matches on the Horsham ground. At 10am the island plays France and in the afternoon faces Germany.

Wednesday is a ‘rest day’ which can be used to rearrange any postponed fixtures. Thursday the national side are back at Henfield to meet Belgium and the next day the crunch match is against Jersey.

Saturday, July 13 is set aside for the finals and ranking matches with sides from Division A playing teams from Division B.

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