Upton and Muratti, Jersey – September 10th
This Saturday sees the biggest day in the softball calendar with 4 teams traveling to Jersey to compete in the Upton and Muratti.
First up is the exciting Drunken Duck Rangers B who narrowly won the The Pony Inn Second Division by 2 points after a three horse race between them, Manor Farm Sluggers and First Names. Rangers finished with a record of 12-2 (24 points), claimed the Second Division Knock-Out and they’ll now be looking to complete the treble as they take on Jerseys CoreFocus Cubs. Cubs finished with a 6-6 record (12 points) and a run difference of -40 this season but will be looking to keep the Division Two Upton in Jersey for a second consecutive year.
The First Division Upton sees Guernsey’s NE Electric Rookies take on DMS Jersey Flyers. After falling agonisingly short of the league title last season, Rookies went one better this season and clinched The Pony Inn First Division title ahead of Tornadoes with a record of 13-2 (26 points). Flyers dominated the Jersey league again this year by going unbeaten with a record of 11-0 (22 points) and a staggering 245 runs scored over those 11 games. They will be looking to bring the Division One Upton back to Jersey for the first time since 2010 – this could be Rookies toughest test of the season!
Next up –the Murattis. First up for head coach Ryan De Jersey is the B team game with Guernsey having the luxury of naming a squad that is arguably just as strong as the A team. The B team will be looking to retain the trophy for a second consecutive year and to take the lead in the overall B team head-to-head record which currently stands at 7 wins each.
Onto the main event: the A team Muratti. Guernsey will be looking to make it 6 wins in a row on Saturday when they take the field at Les Quennevais with a very strong line up. Guernsey are the favourites on paper to claim that 6th consecutive Muratti; Jersey on the other hand will be looking to win their first A team Muratti since 2010 and to level the overall head-to-head which Guernsey currently lead 8-7.
Division 2 Upton: 9-45
Division 1 Upton: 11-30
B team Muratti: 13-45
A team Muratti: 15-45