POTTSVILLE and Mudgeeraba-Nerang will both be searching for their first wins of the season when they clash in the Gabba Sporting Goods Cup game at Les Cave Oval, Murwillumbah today.
Both teams made the semi-finals last year and although there is a long way to go both will need to start winning soon if they to have any chance of making this season's finals.
"It is a crunch match at the bottom of the table," Pottsville captain Josh Singh admitted. "It should be interesting - the boys are ready to go especially after last week."
Pottsville lost to a determined South Tweed on run rate in a rain affected game. It was the first time a runrate result had decided a two-day Tweed A-grade game. Pottsville will field the same side, still without young spinner Ben Thoms.
The Cudgen and South Tweed Colts clash at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, also promises to be a tough affair. Colts, who have assembled a strong team this year, are unbeaten, while Cudgen won its first match of the season last week.
Murwillumbah will be boosted by the return of steady top order batsman Dean Guy for its match against second-placed Queens at Rabjones Oval this afternoon.
Meanwhile in the Northern Division, competition leaders Surfers Paradise take on Runaway Bay at Sam Loxton Oval, secondplaced Southport Labrador play Loganholme at Workers Oval while Helensvale take on the bottom of the ladder Redlands Sharks at Helensvale. Alberton take on Logan Village at Alberton.
Standings (Southern Division): Palm Beach Currumbin (41.29), Queens (33.37), Terranora Lakes (30.83), South Tweed Colts (30.64), Broadbeach Robina (26.72), Cudgen (19.21), Mudgeeraba Nerang (13.88), Murwillumbah (11.45), Pottsville 11.39). Northern Division: Surfers Paradise (30.53), Southport Labrador (30.15), Timeline Helensvale (26.68), Runaway Bay (25.23), Alberton (22.54), Coomera Hope Island (20.59), Loganholme (19.53), Lo- gan Village (14.67), Redlands Sharks (11.63).