SOUTH COAST CRICKET
Three clubs share the lead in the one-day competition in South Coast cricket, and fourth-placed Albion Park face a must-win clash at home to Oak Flats this afternoon.
Co-leaders Lake Illawarra, Oak Flats and Shellharbour have won four of their five one-dayers with just two more limited-over rounds remaining.
The top two clubs will play in the final on Sunday February 3, but fourth-placed Albion Park still have a chance of making the decider if they beat the Rats today and The Rail in the final one-day round on January 5.
Albion Park trail the three co-leaders by 12 points, with 14 points on offer for a win in the one-day comp.
Fifth-placed Gerringong/Jamberoo (34 points) are a further 12 points behind Albion Park and would need to win their last two games, plus have a host of results go their way to force their way in the one-day final.
Albion Park and Oak Flats are coming off contrasting wins ahead of their clash today at Keith Grey Oval.
The Rats thrashed The Rail by nine wickets, while the Park had a tense one-wicket win over last-placed Kiama.
In today's other games, Lake Illawarra take on Warilla in the re-match of last season's premiership decider, but Warilla are struggling with just two wins going into round nine.
Shellharbour have won four straight matches and host Gerringong/Jamberoo today, and The Rail are at home to Kiama.
One-day ladder: Lake Illawarra 58, Oak Flats 58, Shellharbour 58, Albion Park 46, Gerringong/Jamberoo 34, Kiama 22, The Rail 22, Warilla Sports 22.
Albion Park v Oak Flats at Keith Grey Oval
Lake Illawarra v Warilla Sports at Howard Fowles Oval
Shellharbour v Gerringong/Jamberoo at Tom Willoughby Oval
The Rail v Kiama at Croome Cricket Oval