Courir-a-trois – The final week of CCL 2011 Premier League Championship
Whose going to be the 2011 Premier Champions?
Before the more imaginative of you start getting ideas that this article is about escapades of the nefarious kind, allow us to assure/disappoint you that it is an article safe enough to be read aloud at naptime at your local daycare center. If you want the kids to dream about cricket, that is.
So a couple of weeks ago we looked into the crystal ball and came up with prognostications about how the end-game in CCL will be played out. How the front runner was within a win of glory and how everyone else was going to play spoiler to the champions ambitions. We also noted that cricket is a funny game, and that any predictions made there were as reliable as a weather report of snow on a hot summer day in Colorado (Translation – We’re pretty damn sure this is how it will be, but we’re pretty sure that we’re not totally sure.)
Lucky for us that we included the customary disclaimer. For cricket, my friends, **is** a funny game. The predictions about a winner of the league being decided in a week or two at best have fallen flat and as has been the norm in CCL recently, the Premier League Champions will not be crowned until possibly the very last day of the season. Spare a thought for the planners and schedulers of CCL, who in their dreams had foreseen this type of finish and set us up for a cliffhanger!
We’re damn sure (as sure as your house in Aurora, CO not being a beach-front property by tomorrow) that there are three contenders (hence the trois in the title). We’re sure it’s not an open-and-shut scenario. We’re also sure that each of the three will go hard at glory.
Three matches, two days, one Championship. It hangs in the balance till the very end. All three teams have played 13 matches and are tied on points with 9 wins each. Each team has a must-win scenario. Any of the three that loses a game will put their chances in serious jeopardy. And none of the matches is a simple, walk-over-the-minnows affairs.
1.Coal Creek Cricket Club – The New Front Runner. Once given a small chance of winning it all, CCCC persevered and beat back CSCC, the-then front runner from a certain defeat last week. They play LCC, the dark horse that didn’t quite make it to the finish line in time, but is capable of beating up any team on a given day, especially in their own backyard. With the likes of Bodhayan and Jay leading the charge with the ball and a solid batting lineup, CCCC will need to pull out all stops to win. We bet on CCCC here.
2. Colorado Springs Cricket Club – A certain Mr. Shakespeare once said – “There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.” And the last two weeks have been nothing but a series slips and slides for CSCC. After almost burying CCCC at 40/7, they let the match slip and this week, they fell agonizingly short by 2 runs against FRCC. Their chances are greatly diminished, but they play RBCC, a team that has not been their former self after a good start early in the season. However, given CSCC’s recent form and RBCC’s knack of throwing together a strong team when playing CSCC, this is likely to be an even affair, with both teams striving to finish the year on a high, a consolation win of sorts. Last year, CSCC beat RBCC (on the last weekend of the season, no less) for the championship, and this match may turn out to be a repeat of that. We’d put money on CSCC, but then, we’ve lost a fortune betting on CSCC over the last two weeks…..
3. Fort Collins Cricket Club – Outside looking in. Perhaps the unluckiest of the three, FCCC won against every other team except for the two above and one game to FRCC. However, they lost twice to CSCC and once to CCCC which may count in the final reckoning. Even so, they still have a chance to emerge victorious, riding on a win against CCB, a team that’s capable of mounting a serious challenge to any and all teams in CCL. This is a toss-up. We do not wish to wager on this one. We’re done losing money betting on CCL games this year.
So…it’s a three-way tie at the moment. Several scenarios could unfold the weekend of September 10/11th.
1.All three win their matches – Still a three way tie. The three-way tie-breaker is applied. Within the three, CCCC is the clear winner with a 3-1 record. CSCC, with 2-2, are runners up, FCCC comes in third with 1-3.
2.All three lose their games – Still a three way tie, same scenario as above. CCCC are the champions.
3.Two teams lose, one team wins – The team that wins ends up with 20 points and the Crown. Runners up will be decided on a head-to-head tie-breaker, CCCC:CSCC – CCCC wins; ; CSCC:FCCC – CSCC wins;
CCCC:FCCC – down to overall net run rate, we will need some help from Excel to figure this one.
4.Two teams win, one team loses. The team that loses is knocked out. Two-way tie-breaker comes into play exactly the same as above.
Regardless of the actual scenario that presents itself, ladies and gentlemen, remember that the Crown of 2011 Premier League Champions may remain in the balance until the last ball of the 2001 Premier League is bowled on the last day of the season.
How cool is that?!
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