Must win today
By MITCHELL DALE
THERE'S a new four-letter dirty word getting around the Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association.
The 'r' word has wreaked havoc with the second half of the 2004-2005 competition, which is one of the closest in recent memory.
If rain did not interfere with a number of matches, the first grade points table look very different to the one on the right.
After day one of the final round was washed out last Saturday, today's three one-day matches will decide every spot on the ladder from one to six.
The minor premiership is a battle of three between Sawtell (41 competition points), Coffs Hotel Tigers (38) and Bellingen (36).
Sawtell will wrap up the minor premiership regardless of Tigers' result with victory at Bellingen.
However, Sawtell could tumble to third on quotient if they lose to third-placed Bellingen (36) and Tigers beat defending premiers Nana Glen at Fitzroy Oval.
If Bellingen win, they will second spot if Tigers lose and could claim first on quotient.
If the top three scenarios are mind-boggling, the bottom three could only be described as a mathematician's dream.
But for the rest of us who can't recite pi to the 134th decimal place, here is an easier equation.
All three teams must win.
Nana Glen (25) are clinging to fourth spot like a rock climber with a broken safety harness.
The defending champs, who face Tigers today, are equal on points with their grand final rivals from 2003-2004, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts (25), but sit in fourth on quotient.
If Nana Glen lose, the winner of the Colts-Diggers-Ex Services (23) match will jump into the vacant semi-final position.
If Nana Glen win, it's curtains for the other two sides.