Three close games in store in Premiership this weekend

By by Greig Wright in Cricket

The latest set of Premiership fixtures on Saturday sees teams adjacent to each other in the league standings play each other.

Top-of-the-table Cronkbourne host the IoMCA Development XI who sit second, third-placed Peel & St John’s travel to Castletown and fifth-placed Crosby visit Ramsey.

It looks like all clubs are in a good position to get a full calendar of fixtures on, which will be great to see as the midweek activity is starting to flourish in both the senior and junior leagues.

The Cronkbourne versus Development XI fixture will be a hard one to call as Cronkbourne’s team selection will have a large emphasis on the result.

If they field their strongest XI it could be a hard day in the field for the Isle of Man Cricket Association youngsters particularly with a large number of the Crosby juniors being away.

Regardless of that with the experienced heads of Mark Williams and last week’s impressive debutant Conor Smith, the lads will certainly do everything they can to compete and the younger players selected will try their best and learn from the experience.

Max Stokoe will not be expected to weaken the Cronkbourne side too much to risk their challenge for the league as the Development XI proved they are capable of an upset last week at Peel and St John’s.

Castletown and Peel and St John’s are gradually getting players back from other sports and commitments and it will be interesting to see what players are on show in this as it has the makings of being a good game.

If Town skipper Richard Jackson manages to get his first-choice XI out they are certainly capable of competing against any side on their day.

The Saints’ Ollie Webster has been fighting to get his best team out, but has not managed it yet.

This has, however, given other PSJ members the chance to take to the field and will create him some headaches in the future as to who to select.

Ramsey host Crosby in Saturday’s third and final match and this should also prove to be an evenly-balanced game.

Both sides are rebuilding after losing senior players over the last couple of years but both have some good youngsters in place to nurture.

Fixtures: Saturday, May 20

Cronkbourne v IoMCA Development XI

- 11am at Tromode

Castletown v Peel and St John’s

- 1pm at King William’s College

Ramsey v Crosby- 1pm at Ramsey Grammar

For a full list of junior and senior fixtures visit the IoMCA competitions website: https://iomcacomps.play-cricket.com

l Sunday sees a rest day in the senior fixture calendar with only the island under-12 squad training and the u11 Kwik cricket festival being hosted at King William’s College at 2pm.

These are proving really popular and a great way to get the next generation of player involved.

There is also an under-nines’ festival at Crosby CC on Friday night at 6pm.

Anyone who is keen to play is encouraged to turn up and get involved.

Between 10 and 11.15am on Saturday morning at the same Marown venue the first Cric-Kids sessions take place.

Children between three and six are encouraged to go down and join in a cricket orientated early years physical literacy programme run by IoMCA coache and early years PE specialist Sally Green.

Turn up and get involved again on the day - sessions costs £2.

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