Strong team selected for Premier League relegation showdown

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CITY of Sheffield are at Liverpool tomorrow for the final match in the British League (Premier Division). Seventh of the eight teams after three matches, they need to beat Liverpool to avoid relegation.

They have selected a team capable of doing it in Merseyside. Sheffield’s strongest event is the javelin. Lee Doran, who narrowly missed Olympic selection, has had injury problems but is expected to throw whilst Joe Dunderdale is the B string competitor. Doran and Dunderdale rank second and third in the UK this year.

Tim Burn, who has had a good season, does the 400 metres for Sheffield with Luke Edwards a strong back up in the B race. Sam Ellis should do well in the 800 metres.

In the field events Sheffield have Luke Cutts in the long jump as well as his specialist event, the pole vault, whilst Jamie Williamson, in fine form recently in both shot and discus, is in both events.

League standings: 1 Shaftesbury Barnet 23; 2 Newham and Essex 18.5; 3 Manchester (Sale) 16; 4 Woodford Green/Essex Ladies 14.5; 5 Birchfield 14; 6 Liverpool 10; 7 City of Sheffield 9; 8 Kent AC 3

Sheffield team: 100: T Marshall, T Burn. 200: Marshall, R Beardsall. 400: Burn, L Edwards. 800: S Ellis, O James. 1500: A Newton, J Clark. 5000: B Riddell. 3000 Steeplechase: H Wood, M Reid. 110 Hurdles: M Hudson, C Kavanagh. 400 Hurdles: S Garrett, T Grantham. High Jump: T Gardner, F Weir. Pole Vault: L Cutts, N Cole. Long Jump: Cutts, D Budd. Triple Jump: Budd, Hudson. Shot: J Williamson, D Brunt, Discus: Williamson, S Bissell, Hammer: Bissell, Brunt, Javelin: L Doran, J Dunderdale. 4x100 relay: Marshall, J McIntosh, I Rahman, Hudson, 4x400 relay: Burn, Beardsell, Edwards, Ellis.