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Frinton prepare for play-off match
6:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Sport
FRINTON Cricket Club are preparing for the biggest day in their history.
The coastal club face a Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division one play-semi-final at home to either Wisbech or Ramsey on Sunday.
Their opponents will not be known until today, depending on which of them wins the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire League.
The winners of Sunday’s semi-final are then due to visit the Norfolk League winners in the play-off final next Saturday.
“It’s the biggest day in the club’s history,” said treasurer Chris Armstrong.
“We’ve never had a more important match and I don’t think anyone could argue against that.
“We’ve never been in this position before and our destiny is in our own hands.
“It’s very exciting and this weekend’s game should be fascinating.
“That said, promotion isn’t the be all and end all.
“Regardless of what happens, I still believe this has been the best season in the club’s history and nothing will change that fact.
“We’ve won the Two Counties Championship, our second team have been promoted for a third year in a row, we won the Twenty20 competition and it was the first time our ladies’ team played during Cricket Week.”
Despite having the play-off contest in their sights, Frinton skipper Mark Jones has picked a strong side for today’s final league fixture at home to Ipswich.
The only absentee is South African overseas star Brandon Viret, who has a slight niggle and is being rested for Sunday.
If the play-off is washed out because of the weather, it will be held at Ashlyns Road next Wednesday.
There is even a chance promotion could be sealed this weekend.
Three teams are chasing top spot in the Norfolk League – Downham Market, Sprowston and Norwich.
But Downham have already indicated that they do not want to be promoted, so if they finish top of the pile either Frinton, Wisbech or Ramsey will be automatically elevated to the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.
Elsewhere, the two bottom teams in division one – Halstead and Elmstead Grasshoppers – meet at Star Stile.
However, the game is a dead-rubber, in the sense that neither can clamber to safety.
Halstead will definitely finish bottom, regardless of tomorrow’s result, as they are 36 points behind the Grasshoppers.
Witham and Maldon are both still looking over their shoulders as there is still a chance a third team could be relegated, depending on Frinton’s situation.
However, both face tough trips to Suffolk.
Witham travel to third-placed Hadleigh, while Maldon go to Mildenhall.
Mid-table pair Coggeshall and Wivenhoe are at home to Haverhill and Mistley respectively.
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