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Great Britain: National Baseball Championships Preview

Great Britain: National Baseball Championships Preview

After more than four months of regular season games, the pinnacle of British baseball arrives this weekend with a three-day display of the best on offer from all divisions. With at least 13 games being played at the NBC’s, baseball fans from across the country can get ready for fantastic weekend!

After the final playoff games last Sunday, 19 August, 58 teams had been whittled down to the 14 who will contest the National Baseball Championships at four separate levels – Single-A, AA, AAA and the National Baseball League.

NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (NBL)

The reigning national champions, the Harlow Nationals, booked their place in the NBC several weeks ago and they crowned it in style by finishing top of the NBL standings after splitting a doubleheader against the Herts Falcons on Sunday, August 19.  The Falcons finished in second place as a result and go into the NBC as the second seed.

The Southampton Mustangs also secured automatic entry by finishing third and they will go into the weekend with the wind in their sails after an impressive doubleheader sweep away at the champions two weeks ago.

The final NBC place was taken by the London Mets, who defeated the Lakenheath Diamondbacks in the NBL Wild Card game on August 19 at Finsbury Park.

NBL Schedule

Saturday, August 25
Game 1 (12.00):  Harlow Nationals v London Mets
Game 2 (15.00):  Herts Falcons v Southampton Mustangs

Sunday, August 26
Game 3 (10.00 am):  Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
Game 4 (13.30):  Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2 (loser will be eliminated)
Game 5 (17.00):  Loser Game 3 v Winner Game 4 (loser will be eliminated)

Monday, August 27
Game 6 (11.00):  Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 5
Game 7 (14.30):  Same as above (will be played if Winner of Game 3 loses Game 6)

A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH BASEBALL

The National Baseball Championships are a unique opportunity for fans of baseball and for those who are new to the sport to get close to the action and witness the crowning of the 2012 British Baseball Champions.

Of course it would not be a true baseball celebration without good food and a variety of traditional baseball food and drinks will be on offer.

FOLLOW THE GAMES ONLINE!

 Thanks to the great people at GameChanger you can now follow all the game action online throughout the weekend!

For all the NBL, click here.

For all the AAA, click here.

For all the AA, click here.

For all the A Final, click here.

If you do not have an account at GameChanger, you have to create one, but don’t worry as it’s free!

Courtesy BritishBaseball.org

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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