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Title races beginning to heat up

North Village will be keen to extend their lead in the Premier Division when league resumes this weekend (File photograph by Ras Mykkal)

One of the closest title races in the Premier Division in recent memory is set to resume this weekend.

Only two points separate leaders North Village and fourth-placed Devonshire Cougars heading into the business end of the season.

Breathing down Village’s neck are second and third-placed St George’s and newly crowned Friendship Trophy champions PHC Zebras who trail the leaders by a point.

PHC are in action away to Somerset Trojans tonight at Somerset Cricket Club (9pm) where they clinched a record thirteenth Friendship Trophy title with a narrow 1-0 victory over North Village on New Year’s Day.

The visitors will be keen to keep pace with the league leaders while their hosts will look to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

Pace setters Village are firm favourites to come away with maximum points from their match with bottom side Robin Hood at Bernard Park tomorrow.

Tomorrow, St George’s will look to make further inroads towards a maiden Premier Division title against sixth-place tenants Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval while Devonshire Cougars will likewise be keen to remain thick in the title hunt at home to relegation threatened Boulevard at Devonshire Recreation Club.

The remaining top-flight match will see fifth-placed Dandy Town do battle with X-Roads, who find themselves in the relegation zone along with Robin Hood, at Goose Gosling Field (6pm).

Meanwhile, the league title and promotion race is equally as close in the First Division where only two points separate leaders Wolves and fifth-placed Southampton Rangers.

Action in the second tier begins today with third-placed and newly crowned Shield champions Paget Lions doing battle with landlords Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval (3pm) while Ireland Rangers face fellow strugglers Somerset Eagles at Somerset Cricket Club (7pm).

Leaders Wolves host lowly St David’s at Wellington Oval while second placed BAA are away to fourth placed Young Men’s Social Club at Police Field in tomorrow’s remaining fixtures.

Wolves top the standings on goal difference over a rejuvenated and youthful BAA.

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Published January 07, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated January 07, 2023 at 7:51 am)

Title races beginning to heat up

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