THREE teams will be battling it out for the two promotion spots in the Bolton Cricket League tomorrow.

Daisy Hill, Atherton and Blackrod can all go up to the Premiership with extra spice added to the last day of the season with the latter two playing each other.

Daisy Hill are top, level on points with Atherton with Blackrod two points behind.

Six points are awarded for winning a game with one bonus point available to either team in a game.

The only scenario which would see Daisy Hill fail to go up would be if Blackrod win at Atherton with the latter picking up the bonus point and Daisy Hill lose at Adlington without getting a bonus point.

A losing side can get a bonus point if they get 75 per cent of the opposition's runs without being bowled out batting second, or take seven or more wickets fielding second.

This is the first season the Bolton League has had two divisions and Atherton captain Calum Barlow said: "This is what the aim of two divisions was, so teams were playing for something at the end of the season.

"Promotion and relegation is good because in the old league you were playing for nothing in the last two or three games.

"In our game we both know what we have to do – win.

"Blackrod beat us comfortably when we played earlier in the season so they'll feel confident they can beat us.

"Jack Southworth scored 100-odd but we dropped him early.

"But we've got to the top because we've done well and we've got to do it one more time.

"It's been a bit of a transitional time for us over the last three years with juniors coming through.

"But our aim at the start of the season was to achieve promotion and we've got to the last game with it in our own hands.

"It's been a hard season but it will all be worth it if we go up.

"[Overseas amateur] David Tantsis-Hall and the pro [Adeel Baig] have both been fantastic.

"They've batted brilliantly and Adeel has taken 70-odd runs in all competitions.

"Matthew Gallagher getting a seven-wicket haul against Little Lever and an eight-wicket haul against Tonge were also great performances.

"We know what we have to do. We've got to turn up and win and we won't be looking at what anyone else is doing."


Tomorrow (12.30pm)

Premiership Division: Bradshaw v Eagley, Farnworth v Walkden, Heaton v Kearsley, Horwich v Farnworth SC, Westhoughton v Lostock.

Association Division: Adlington v Daisy Hill, Atherton v Blackrod, Darcy Lever v Astley Bridge, Golborne v Tonge, Little Hulton v Little Lever.


Peter Stafford Trophy final: Kearsley v Heaton (at Farnworth Social Circle, 12.30pm).

Peter Stafford Second Team Trophy final: Eagley v Little Hulton (at Little Hulton, 1pm).