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National League set for closest-ever finish

12th September 2014

Blind cricket has had a National League since 1996 and this Sunday (14th September) will be the first time ever that the result of a single match will decide which one of three teams will win the title.

That one match takes place at Horsham as Sussex Sharks host Warwickshire Bears and the third team in contention, Metro, will be watching on eagerly.

Title Permutations

** If the game is rained off Metro win the title
** If the game is drawn Metro win the title.
** If Warwickshire win the match then Warwickshire win the title.
** If Sussex win the match claiming 21 or 22 points then Sussex win the title.
** If Sussex win the match but claim 20 or fewer points then Metro win the title.

How National League Points Work

** 14 Points for a win
** 1 batting point for reaching each of 50, 100, 150 and 200 runs.
** 1 bowling point for taking each of 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets.

Warwickshire are hoping to win the title for a second successive year while Sussex are aiming for their third crown in four years. Metro are probably the outsiders but may be the neutral’s favourites as they haven’t been champions since 2006.

Winning the title would give Sussex their first ever league and BBS Cup double, where as if either of the other two in contention are victorious they will have the chance to attempt a double of their own as both compete at Twenty20 Finals Day the following Saturday.

Top of the table going into the title decider

1. London Metro: Played 6, Points 97
2. Warwickshire Bears: Played 5, Points 83
3. Sussex Sharks: Played 5, Points 77

** If Sussex and Metro finish level Metro will win the title.