SOUTH COAST CRICKET
Lake Illawarra meet Oak Flats for the first trophy of the South Coast season in tomorrow's one day final at Geoff Shaw Oval.
Both clubs won five of the seven one-day games, with Albion Park also finishing on five wins but missing out on the final on countback.
The Lakers will be without their former skipper Tony McCabe and brothers Scott and Mark Ulcigrai due to suspension from the recent Shellharbour game, but key allrounder Brendan White had his suspension reduced by two days allowing him to play in the final and today's round 12 clash against The Rail.
Despite the contentious suspensions, Lake Illawarra beat third-placed Albion Park outright in round 11 to extend their lead to 20 points over Oak Flats in the overall premiership.
The top two clubs have dominated this season and, with a top two finish virtually assured, will be favoured to meet in the premiership final.
Meanwhile, the two day competition resumes this afternoon following a bye on Australia Day.
Third-placed Albion Park host fourth-placed Shellharbour at Keith Grey Oval in a key game.
Just seven points separate the Park and sixth-placed Warilla Sports three rounds out from the semi-finals.
The Park had been in great form before their loss to the Lakers, while Shellharbour are coming off a solid batting effort in beating Kiama. Following heavy rain yesterday, if no play is possible in any of the four games today, round 12 will be played as one-dayers next Saturday.
SOUTH COAST LADDER: Lake Illawarra 155, Oak Flats 135, Albion Park 98, Shellharbour 97, Gerringong/Jamberoo 97, Warilla Sports 91, The Rail 66, Kiama 44.
ROUND 12: Albion Park v Shellharbour at Keith Grey Oval; Kiama v Warilla Sports at Cavalier Park; Oak Flats v Gerringong/Jamberoo at Geoff Shaw Oval; The Rail v Lake Illawarra at Croome Cricket Oval.