Eskdale League season set for dramatic finale

Westerdale are the reigning Eskdale League champions
Westerdale are the reigning Eskdale League champions

With the 2015 season heading into its final weekend, Westerdale and Fryup are level on points at the top of the Eskdale Cricket League.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Westerdale visit Lealholm while Fryup travel to Goathland, and both teams will be expecting to win their respective fixtures and take maximum points to further their ambitions.

The league clashes between the two earlier in the season were nail-biting encounters with each team winning their respective home games.

The likelihood of both sides finishing all square on points at the end of the season was on the cards when Fryup beat Westerdale at the end of July.

Following that match, players from both sides discussed what would happen in the event of them both finishing with the same number of points.

When it was pointed out that the league rules didn’t cater for the situation, the players were keen to organise a play-off game rather than simply sharing the honours.

Westerdale were the league champions last season and they are obviously very keen to retain that honour and cap what has already been a fantastic season.

They have already triumphed in the Whitby Gazette Challenge Cup, the Booth Cup, the Robin Holmes Cup and Evening League Division Two.

Fryup, despite their excellent Saturday form, haven’t been at their best in cup cricket this season, and they have no silverware to show for their efforts, so far.

Their impressive run of successive Eskdale League titles was ended last season by Westerdale, so taking the crown back from their biggest rivals would be just reward for the excellent cricket they have played in 2015.

If the results are as expected on Saturday, and the weather plays no part, then thanks to the hospitality offered by Sleights Cricket Club, the play-off decider will take place on Saturday September 5, 2pm start.

Saturday’s fixtures: Castleton v Danby, Lealholm v Westerdale, Glaisdale v Sleights, Grosmont v Mulgrave, Goathland v Fryup.