Ladders take shape with five regular rounds remaining

Scott Druett sends down a delivery for the Coyotes last week. They'll be aiming to lock up a top four spot in the coming weeks. Photo: file
Scott Druett sends down a delivery for the Coyotes last week. They'll be aiming to lock up a top four spot in the coming weeks. Photo: file

The Southwest Slopes Cricket division ladders are taking shape as the season enters its closing five regular rounds.

This week sees the final round of Twenty20 fixtures across the two grades, with some teams looking to create a late charge towards a finals berth and others aiming to secure their place.

In Division One, the Cootamundra Crusaders have maintained their form throughout the shorter format winning two from two, having only lost two 40 over matches during the beginning of the season.

The Crusaders are perched atop of the table on 63 points, four points clear from Young S and C Blues on 59, who are looking to bounce back against Central Hotel on Saturday. Crusaders host Temora in the other game. It will be Temora's first Twenty20 of the season having had the bye last week and missing out before Christmas due to the round being cancelled from extreme heat.

The division two ladder is congested with the top five sides all locked on 63 points with seven wins so far this season.

With the top four progressing to the finals, results in the coming rounds loom as crucial for each side respectively.

Cootamundra Ex-Services Magpies, Temora Tigers and S and C Club Saints are chasing the pack.

With storms forecast this weekend, this round's matches could be in doubt.

Next week is a general bye for Australia Day.

Division one

  1. Crusaders (Cootamundra) 63
  2. YSC Blues 59
  3. Mimosa Whirlwinds 53
  4. Australian Hotel Coyotes 51
  5. Central Hotel 43

Division two

  • Burrangong Cricket Club 63
  • Criterion Hotel Gunners 63
  • Temora Ex-Services Renegades 63
  • Shamrock Hotel Leprechauns 63
  • Stockinbingal CC 63
  • Cootamundra Ex-services Magpies 51
  • Temora Bowling Club Tigers 39
  • S and C Club Saints 32