3 Games To Go In NPL
The denouement of the Owzat Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League moves ever closer as round 20 arrives and with it just three games remain.
The first game of the day is at Station Lane where Farnsfield host Cuckney.
The home side remain in sixth place after a comfortable win over Hucknall and are just 12pts behind Wollaton and Plumtree who are just above them; indeed a third straight win could see them as high as 4th come close of play.
Mat Roberts scored some useful runs in the game with Hucknall; he’s now 30 runs away from 1,000 in the NPL.
Cuckney recorded their fifth straight win after seeing off Papplewick late on and remain in 2nd place and 8pts behind Kimberley. They’ll be looking for another win here to keep up the pressure; Farnsfield has not been a happy hunting ground for the top three this season though.
Richard Bostock needs 2 wickets for 50 in the NPL.
At the New Gatehouse Ground Hucknall welcome Wollaton.
That defeat at Farnsfield was Hucknall’s third in row and they drop one spot to 10th as a result, but they do have a 14pts margin over Caythorpe below them. They are very much in need of a positive result and will be hoping to do the double over their opponents.
Josh Downie is 50 runs away from 1,000 in the NPL and Matt New needs 2 wickets away from 250 league victims.
Wollaton ended their own recent losing run with a comprehensive win away at Caythorpe and whilst they stay 5th they are now level on points with Plumtree with only net run-rate separating them. Consecutive wins may see them rise back into 4th place.
There’s a big game at Newdigate Street as Kimberley Institute host Cavaliers & Carrington.
Kimberley maintained their lead at the top of the table after seeing off Plumtree, but they will face a much sterner test here. If they pass it they will be a step closer to being champions, lose and their fate will probably be out of their hands.
Dominic Brown needs 5 runs for 3,500 in the NPL and 1 wicket for 50 at Kimberley, George Bacon 30 runs for 3,000 in the NPL and Martin Weightman 27 for 500 runs at home.
Cavaliers stay in 3rd spot after they cruised to a nine wicket win at Radcliffe and remain 11pts behind their opponents. A win or a big points haul from a draw are the only results that will be on their minds here as they look to regain top spot, lose and they’ll be pretty out of contention with two games remaining.
At The Fieldings Mansfield Hosiery Mills take on Papplewick & Linby.
The Millers defeat to Attenborough has left them 38pts adrift of safety at the bottom and relegation now seems the most likely outcome for them; an outcome that would probably be confirmed if they fall to another defeat here.
Papplewick, who sit in 7th place, come into this game on the back of defeat at Cuckney and will be looking to bounce back with a win. They can play without fear and will be looking to finish as high as possible.
At Bradmoor Lane Plumtree welcome Caythorpe.
Plumtree’s inconsistency was on show again as they were well beaten by Kimberley, but they remain in 4th place and will be looking to secure that spot in the remaining matches. A win here would certainly help with that.
Chris Gibson needs 45 runs for 1,000 in the NPL.
Caythorpe remain in 11th spot are now 14pts adrift of Hucknall after their loss to Wollaton and you would have to go back nine matches to their draw with the same team in June for their last positive result. They will be hoping Plumtree have another off day and that they can take advantage of it.
The final game of the day is at Radcliffe-on-Trent where Attenborough are the visitors.
The home side suffered a rare home defeat when the Cavaliers came to town last week and the result kept them in 8th spot, but they are well clear of danger and could climb a place with victory.
Ben Savage needs 3 wickets for 50 on home soil.
Attenborough gave their survival bid a massive boost after their win against Mansfield Hosiery Mills; they are now 20pts clear of the relegation zone and moved into 9th place which gives them an additional buffer. Consecutive wins would be a real bonus.
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