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Top two fall in T20 comp

First grade finals race wide open after Crossroads and Tatts secure wins

Crossroads Hotel’s Mark Fielder in action at Collins Park on Saturday evening in his side’s 17-run win against RSL.

The Narrabri District Cricket Association’s 2017-18 first grade T20 competition is set for a thrilling final two weeks.

When the season reached its halfway point with the last games of 2017, Civeo led the way on 15 points.

RSL was second, also on 15 points but behind on net run rate.

Tatts and Crossroads Hotel (both nine points) sat third and fourth respectively.

So when Civeo played Tatts on Friday night, and RSL met Crossroads on Saturday night, the top-half teams had a chance to almost guarantee their spots in both the top two and final.

However, Tatts and Crossroads had other ideas.

In differing fashions the sides both recorded their second wins of the campaign.

Tatts made light work of Civeo on Friday night at Collins Park, winning by eight wickets.

The following evening at the same venue Crossroads defeated RSL by 17 runs.

That meant the all four sides finished the fourth round locked on 16 points, following two wins and two losses each.

It has set up a mouthwatering finish to the competition, making the final four fixtures must-win games for the four teams.

The first two of those take place in round five which begins on Friday when Tatts challenges RSL.

The following night Crossroads hotel meets Civeo.

Both matches will be played at Collins Park, the venue of the 2017-18 T20 final which will be played on February 3.

The winners of the round five fixtures will put one foot in the door to that decider.

In second grade on Saturday RSL downed Crossroads and Tatts defeated Civeo.