THE Mount Gambier and District Cricket Association has had little luck with the weather this season.
That is set to continue today, with the final minor round of the Big Bash T20 competition set down for this afternoon.
If the scorching weather does not eventuate, cricket fans can anticipate a grandstand finish to the tournament, but unfortunately, if by 8am this morning, the mercury is forecast to rise above 38 degrees, the games will be called off.
At the time of going to print last night the temperature was set to be around the 42 degrees mark, so it does not bode well.
If games do go ahead, the pressure will be on, as five of the six teams remain in the hunt for a finals berth.
There will be more than just bragging rights on the line between East and West Gambier at Scott Park.
The winner of the top-of-the-table contest will receive a direct path into the grand final, while the loser is forced to play a semi-final.
The Roos have been the front-runners throughout the competition and are yet to lose a game.
They have chased in every match so far and this could be one area the Bulldogs may look to apply pressure by forcing their opponents to set a total.
The Bulldogs are fresh off a convincing victory away from home and are keen to maintain their unbeaten record at Scott Park in the tournament.
Another high-stakes clash will take place between Penola and South Gambier at McCorquindale Park.
It will be a winner-takes-all battle, as the loser is likely to face an early exit.
The Demons are the superior side on the form guide with two wins since a heart-breaking defeat in the opening round.
In their way will be a determined Eagles side ready to bounce back on home turf after two significant defeats.
North Sportsman’s will push for victory over Mil Lel at Marist Park.
The Tigers are still mathematically in finals contention, but must win to remain in the hunt.
On the other hand, Mil Lel will play for pride and hope to finish a disappointing campaign with a maiden victory.
Both sides have struggled to find consistency and are yet to fire with the bat.
The top three teams will qualify for the finals day at Marist Park on Sunday, February 9
, which will see the winner of the semi-final face the ladder-leader in the decider.