Highland look to continue chase for league title at Forres
Highland Cricket Club will look to keep closing in on the Nosca Senior League title when they travel to Forres St Lawrance tomorrow.
With league placings decided on percentages, Highland cannot be mathematically confirmed as champions until the final weeks of the season because of the unlikely possibility that they take zero points from their remaining games.
But with time running out in the season and a 20 per cent advantage over their nearest challengers, realistically the title looks to be returning to Inverness.
If there is one saving grace for those looking to catch the league leaders, it is that Highland have to play their three closest rivals before the season is out.
But someone will have to win all of their remaining games and hope Highland capitulate to stand any chance of pipping them to top spot.
Highland have shown no sign of slipping up, with another two wins against Huntly and Northern Counties last weekend.
Forres however have not won since a 10-wicket demolition of Elgin a month ago, with two defeats and two matches rained off since then.
So Highland will fancy their chances of taking another step towards a first league title since 2010.
Nairn County seem best placed to challenge after their win over Ross County last time out, but they have a free week, so can only watch the results roll in tomorrow evening.
Defeat to Buckie last Saturday all but ended Northern Counties’ title hopes, but a win at Northern Meeting Park against Elgin tomorrow would provide a welcome return to form.
Second place is still well within their reach if they can put some points on the board before all is said and done, so that could be their new target.
They will hope that Ross County, currently sitting third in the table, are upset by Huntly at Castle park to regain a top three berth ahead of the last month of the campaign.