Knights Division 1 Winners
Knights Division 1 Winners

The 2018 WMSL League season ended in final week finales as both the Windsor Knights and Bracknell Scorchers 2 beat their closest rivals to win the Division 1 and Division 2 tiles respectively.

Windsor Knights over came first RG Blue Sox, then Maidenhead Royals in back to back weeks to seal the title. The Royals and Blue Sox then fought out an amazing final game for the runners-up spot. The Royals taking that honour after overturning a 16-run deficit to win 22-21. Last seasons champions, Farnham Phoenix, after a very up and down season completed the top 4. The Knights triumph put some ghost of last year to bed, when on the last week of the season they failed to win their last game and lost out to the Phoenix. Performance of the season goes to the TV Typhoons who finished 5th in their second season and one place higher that last season. The TV Tornadoes, however, faired very differently to their sister team, and while they keep their hopes of survival alive until the very last week, a defeat to BA Jets condemned them to Division 2 for 2019. That particular game also ensured the BA Jets survived after a season where they diced with relegation. The BA result also ensured the Maidenhead Rebels survived a second season in Division 1, a season when they also won more games that they did in the previous campaign.

In Division 2, the season ebbed and flowed between Scorchers 2 and the Rattlesnakes. For the early part of the season the Scorchers set the pace, as they had done in 2017. Like 2017, they lost top spot when they lost to their nearest challenger, the Rattlesnakes. Unlike 2017, this season they kept in the race and took it to the final weeks. This meant it all came down to the Scorchers visit to the Rattlesnakes in late July. With both teams on 10-2 record this was a winner take all game for the title and promotion. The Scorchers 2 impressively won this encounter and then followed it up with a final week win, to end the Rattlesnakes brave attempt to overtake them. The Wildcats had pushed both the top two all the way after an indifferent start to the season. However, a late dip in end of season form ended their hopes in early July. The performance of the season in Division 2 goes to the TV Hurricanes, last seasons bottom team, this season they managed an impressive 4th place finish. At the other end, while the Scorchers 2 were winning the league, the Scorchers 1 first season ended with the wooden spoon. Predictable performance of the season goes to the Blue Sox. They went through the season on a win one week, loose the next pattern until the very last weeks of the season. That left them in 5th place, just behind the Hurricanes by conceded 2 more runs. The table is rounded off with the Flyers in 7th with an 3-11 record, same as they achieved last year and the Rascals in 6th, a place lower than last.