Season heads towards a tense climax

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.

Once wrote Francis Quarles and in the context of the 2012 season truer words could not be spoken of what is required of our mens teams in the run in to the end of this season. Now is the time to be bold for all our sides as push comes to shove across the divisions.

The First XI game against Cork County has been postponed and they are now on the cusp of promotion.

The Second XI had been chugging along in midtable but a very close defeat to North Kildare last weekend has seen them drop off a little. They are now only 13% clear of the relegation places and while it is no time for unecessary worry they do need to get back on track. The visit of bottom of the table Mullingar to the park on Sunday offers them the opportunity to do just that.

The Third XI have an asbolutely vital fixture away to Clonee this Saturday. With only 5% seperating the two sides a win for either team will be huge. Should the Third XI win they will pull further clear of Clonee and possibly take themselves out of the relegation dogfight. However a defeat is likely to see the sides switch places in the table. Stand in skipper Aaron Joseph will no doubt rally his troops for this tough encounter.

Michael Godwin’s Fourth XI have found some form just in the nick of time and last weekends big win away to Cabinteely saw them creep out of the relegation zone for the first time in a couple of months. However they face a similar test to the Third XI. They are off down to Pembroke to face the side one place below them in the table occupying the second relegation spot. The Fourth XI do have a 9% cushion so defeat will not be the end of the world but a win would mean they all but hammer the final nail in Pembrokes coffin.

Kicking off the weekend in the park will be the Fifth XI who entertain Old Belvedere. They will be looking to erase the memory of their loss earlier in the season when they threw the game away down in Cabra. Back to back away wins has seen the Fifth XI out of the relegation zone but third placed Belvo will provide stiff opposition.

So there are things as they stand in the run in. Now is not the time to slacken off and start dreaming of the offseason. Getting to nets and making the effort in training has never been more crucial. Also support for your club mates is never more appreciated than at this crucial time. So if you can get along to cheer any of the sides on then please do. Every team has something to play for so an interesting days cricket, weather permitting, is guaranteed!