AS Warren Gatland’s Wales battle with old enemies England in another pre-World Cup clash tomorrow, Gwent rivals will also be fighting for supremacy just a stone’s throw from Offa’s Dyke.

While it’s about finding form ahead of Japan for the teams in Cardiff, the possibility of claiming a league title and promotion is going to be the big motivating factor at Chepstow Cricket Club.

The hosts, leaders of South East Wales League Division One with five games left, entertain fourth-placed Abergavenny, who are not out of the championship reckoning just yet.

Chepstow and their visitors weren’t lucky enough to escape the rain that hit South Wales last weekend, and the wet weather could strike again tomorrow.

The quest for the title became a lot more interesting six days ago as Pentyrch and Usk managed to dodge the showers and close the gap on Chepstow.

There are now just nine points separating first and second-placed Pentyrch, while Usk are only three further behind in third spot.

Five points is the difference between Usk and Gwent foes Abergavenny who, like Chepstow, would have been looking for a full house of points against opposition at the foot of the table.

Two weeks after tomorrow’s tussle, Chepstow host Pentyrch in what has the potential to be a championship decider.

Chepstow came out on top by 103 runs when the teams met at the end of June and will be desperate for a repeat result on August 31.

First, they must see off Abergavenny, a side they squeezed past by five runs in the previous meeting two months ago.

Any sort of slip-up from the frontrunners and Pentyrch and Usk could pounce if they come through trips to Miskin Manor and Pontypridd unscathed.

While Pentyrch beat Monmouth by 53 runs last time out, Usk cruised past Blackwood in a game where they were set 85 to win from 20 overs due to the inclement weather.

Matt Hancock blasted an unbeaten century and fellow opener Olly Robson hit 28 as Usk sauntered home by 10 wickets.

All bar one game in the South Wales Premier League fell to the rain last Saturday – leaders St Fagans had a massive boost when Neath lost to Port Talbot.

Reigning Division One champions Newport welcome Port Talbot to Spytty Park tomorrow with just three fixtures of the season remaining.

In Division Two, Panteg, although not mathematically down, are on their way out and Newport Fugitives look set to join them.

They go to Ynystawe needing a win and Gorseinon to lose heavily against Ynysygerwn.

Panteg host Penarth and Malpas take on Gwent rivals Newbridge at Bettws Lane with both looking forward to another summer in the second division.