Teams to play in NSL Nationals are decided

Sun 13 Aug 2017

After a weekend of rain-affected softball at Diamond Series 3 on 29-30 July at Farnham Park, the NSL 1 and NSL 2 league winners for 2017 are now known, along with the teams that have qualified for the BSF’s Co-ed Slowpitch NSL Nationals on 2-3 September.

NSL 1‚Äč

Chromies have won the NSL 1 title with an overall record of 17 wins, three losses and two draws, finishing 3.5 games ahead of the defending national champion Pioneers (14-7-1).

In fact, Chromies did the triple on the weekend, beating the Dodgers in the Cup final 8 -7 on a clutch winning hit by Chiya Louie, and thereby winning Diamond 3 and the overall Diamond series.

The bronze medal in NSL 1 goes to Legends (13-7-2).

Eight of the 12 NSL 1 teams have qualified for the Premier Nationals, to be played on the weekend of 2-3 September at Farnham Park.  In order of seeding, they are:

Blue Steel
Travelling Dodgers

The teams that failed to make the Premier Nationals are Thunder, Bristol Bees, LNZ and the Leeds Terriers, and the Terriers will be relegated to NSL 2 for the 2018 season.

The question of which of the three Manchester teams – Greensox, Dodgers or Thunder – would fail to make the Nationals – came down to the slimmest of margins and to runs conceded calculations.


Champions in NSL 2 for 2017 are the KKs, with a record of 17 wins, four losses and a draw.

Like the Chromies, KKs finished as Diamond 3 champions after beating the Naturals 23-19 in their Cup final, and also finished as Diamond series winners and at the top of NSL 2.

Runner-up and silver medallists were the Naturals (16-5-1) while Misfits (15-7-0) claimed third place and bronze.

Eight of the 12 NSL 2 teams have qualified for the NSL 2 Nationals, which will also be played at Farnham Park on 2-3 September.  In order of seeding, they are:

Bees “B”

The teams that failed to make the NSL 2 Nationals are Ninos Privados, Outlaws, Maidenhead Royals and Portsmouth Dodgers.

The Maidenhead Royals and Portsmouth Dodgers will be demoted from NSL 2 for 2018 and replaced by the Honey Badgers and Blitz Havoc.

On the waiting list should further NSL 2 places become available are Mouse Rat and the Solent Tomahawks.

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