PowerGen Penal head into this weekend’s final round Premier Division league encounter against Moosai Sports at Honeymoon Park, El Dorado needing just four points to seal the title.
The Penal-based club lead the 12-team standings with 208 points, 25 better than second place First Citizens Clarke Road United and 27 more than their final round opponents.
With a maximum 28 points—16 for an outright win and 12 bonus points—on offer in a match, both Clarke Road and Moosai could still overtake the leaders but that is a very unlikely scenario.
Even if PowerGen lose outright to Moosai this weekend, they can still accumulate bonus points by picking up wickets and scoring runs.
Clarke Road play Caldrac Club at Wilson Road and on the strength of their batting, they could get maximum points but either way, the title will be decided at Honeymoon Park.
Moosai, who lodged a protest of their abandoned match against Esmeralda in Round Nine of the competition, still have a lot to play for. They need a win to cement their place in the top three. Anything less could see them finish as low as fourth.
The good news for them is that Kjorn Ottley is back in the line-up to add some strength to their batting.
But they will be up against a strong PowerGen squad, with opening batsmen Evin Lewis and Nicholas Sookdeosingh, skipper Gregory Mahabir, all-rounder Sherwin Ganga and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh all in the mix.
The PowerGen skipper and the left-arm spinner have both been in good form recently.
Mahabir scored a century in their previous match against Alescon Comets while Kanatsingh took nine wickets in the same game to help PowerGen firm up their grip on the title.
The other teams in the league will be playing this weekend to enhance their final places on the standings.
Hafeez Karamath Limited Aranjuez Sports and F&E Diamond United, two of the teams that were promoted this year, will be heading back down to the Championship Division after finishing in the last three.
Wanderers, who defaulted all their matches this season,are at the bottom of the standings and will also be demoted.
Aranjuez will get 24 points from their match against Wanderers this weekend but that will not be enough to keep them in the Premier Division.
Diamond will face dethroned champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club at Queen’s Park Oval with the Parkites looking for maximum points as they aim for a top three finish.
The Parkites are currently fourth on the standings with no chance of overtaking PowerGen, but a good victory this weekend could see the Port of Spain club climb past Moosai and Clarke Road on the standings, once other results go in their favour.
Merry Boys have been having a bad season but they will be hoping to end on a high as they try to build momentum ahead of the Twenty20 Festival at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre at the end of the month.
Merry Boys face Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports in their final league match this weekend at Bamboo Recreation Ground.
Elsewhere, Alescon Comets, currently fifth with 147 points, could also finish outside the top five despite leading the standings for much of the season.
They host Esmeralda at Pierre Road, Charlieville needing a win to sure up their place in the top five.
All matches bowl off at 10 a.m. today and continue from 9.30 a.m. tomorrow.
Premier Division fixtures
Round 11: May 11-12
Moosai Sports vs PowerGen Penal, Honeymoon Park
Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports vs Merry Boys, Bamboo Recreation Ground
Alescon Comets vs Esmeralda Sports, Pierre Road
QPCC vs F&E Diamond Utd, Queen’s Park Oval
First Citizens Clarke Road vs Caldrac Club, Wilson Road
HKL Aranjuez vs Wanderers, Aranjuez
Premier Division standings
Teams GP W L D Abd Pts
PowerGen Penal 10 6 0 4 0 208
Clarke Road Utd 10 4 0 6 0 183
Moosai Sports 10 5 0 4 1 181
QPCC 10 3 0 7 0 172
Alescon Comets 10 4 1 4 1 147
Caldrac Club 10 4 3 3 0 130
Bamboo Sports 10 3 5 1 1 120
Merry Boys 10 2 1 6 1 112
Esmeralda Sports 10 1 3 5 1 110
HKL Aranjuez 10 0 5 5 0 82
F&E Diamond Utd 10 2 6 1 1 77
*Wanderers 10 0 10 0 0 -100
(*NB: Wanderers defaulted their matches)