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Aug '09 14

British Briefing: Tie-breaker rule could give Flames NBL pennant on Sunday



by Joe Gray

The RICHMOND FLAMES’ 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the CROYDON PIRATES last Sunday keeps them in the hunt for the National Baseball League (NBL) pennant and means that the LONDON METS will need to win at least one end of the teams’ double-header this Sunday to secure the title. If the FLAMES (15-7) sweep the METS (17-5), both teams would finish with a 17-7 record, but the FLAMES would take the pennant on a tie-breaker rule, since they would have the superior head-to-head record.

The PIRATES (0-22) travel to BRACKNELL (12-10) trying to avoid an all-time British record for most defeats in a winless season in the top tier. This unwanted achievement would couple up very strangely with the PIRATES’ 26-0 regular season record in 2007, which is an all-time British record for most wins in an undefeated season. That a team can decline so rapidly should serve as a warning to other top-tier teams: building a squad of foreign players who are in Britain for only a year or two is a big risk.

The National Baseball Championship, which will decide the 2009 national champion, will be contested between BRACKNELL, HERTS, LONDON, and RICHMOND at Roundshaw on 29 and 30 August. 

Time Home Visitor Field
Dates and Times are subject to change! In case of doubt check with the responsible national federation!
Sunday, August 16 2009
12:00 London Mets Richmond Flames Finsbury Park L... United Kingdom
12:00 Bracknell Blazers Croydon Pirates Westmorland Par... United Kingdom

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Joe Gray is league statistician for the National Baseball League and is the founder of Project Cobb (the Project for the Chronicling of British Baseball).




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