Dur­banville beaten at last – but still favoured to lift the league ti­tle

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

THE men’s Premier League Flag ti­tle is up for grabs with three rounds to play.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Dur­banville’s un­beaten six-match se­quence was ended when beaten 2-5 away to Edge­mead, but this shouldn’t de­tract from them still be­ing viewed as the team to beat.

Cur­rently in third place on the 10-team log with 27 points, 2.5 points be­hind pace set­ters Con­stan­tia, they do have the eas­ier pas­sage in.

They play three of the weaker teams start­ing with Bergvliet (away), then Howard (home) be­fore trav­el­ling to rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Plum­stead.

It pro­vides three real chances for Dur­banville to score max­i­mum seven point hauls, some­thing they haven’t been able to achieve through six rounds, with five five-point­ers recorded in a row be­fore the de­feat to Edge­mead.

Con­stan­tia, by con­trast, have shown the im­por­tance of nail­ing down seven-point wins.

De­spite the fact that they’ve lost three of six games, claim­ing full points in the other three sees them top­ping the ta­ble.

But the fact that they’ve lost to their two main ri­vals may be a sign that this won’t be the year for them. Next up for them is a home tie against un­pre­dictable Edge­mead be­fore hit­ting the road to play Bergvliet and Howard re­spec­tively.

WPCC could well be the sur­prise pack­age. Hav­ing won four of six games to date, to­day’s clash away to un­der-per­form­ing At­lantic Green Point is a must-win if they are to stay in the hunt. If, as ex­pected, they nab five points or bet­ter, it would boost their chances as they head into two tough clos­ing matches against Good­wood (home) and Edge­mead (away).

Plum­stead look set for a re­turn to Divi­sion One af­ter an­other mis­er­able sea­son. They have lost five of six ties with their sole win against neigh­bour­ing Bergvliet.

At­lantic Green Point, af­ter a re­turn to the top flight last sea­son, in which they at one time threat­ened to fin­ish in the top three, have lost the plot of late with four de­feats on the trot af­ter back-to back wins in the first two rounds.

Bel­lville and Howard are not safe ei­ther.

● The Wester n Prov­ince Mas­ters sin­gles tour na­ment runs its course at At­lantic Green Point to­mor­row and Shaun Ad­di­nall looks set for ti­tle No 5. Un­beaten in his sec­tion af­ter three games, the Protea star next plays Joel Roe­bert fol­lowed by Neels Kotze.

“It’s been a tough sec­tion so far,” said Ad­di­nall. “If I can get through my next two games with a win, I should make the fi­nals.

“It would be nice to win the ti­tle and equal Neil Bur­kett’s record of five wins.” Tory Sa­batti tops his sec­tion.

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