Crunch time in NPL for Cuckney and Welbeck
The final round of this year's Nottinghamshire Premier League takes place on Saturday with Cuckney chasing the title whilst Welbeck are desperate to avoid relegation - and they meet each other on what will be a dramatic day of cricket.
Cuckney still need five points to secure the title after their loss to second-placed Plumtree last week; the visitors to Langwith Road are bottom club Welbeck who will get no favours from their hosts in their bid for survival.
Welbeck are ten points adrift of Attenborough so a win or a healthy points haul from a draw are the only outcomes that can potentially save them from relegation; all that of course rests on Attenborough failing to pick up enough points in their game.
One side hoping that Welbeck can pull off the improbable are Plumtree who made sure Cuckney didn’t end the season unbeaten or win the title last week - and gave themselves an outside chance of glory on the last day in the process. A win away Radcliffe-on-Trent is a must, but as they are sixteen points behind Cuckney, events are beyond their control.
Their hosts Radcliffe have little to play for other than pride and to finish as high as possible; they start the day in sixth place and sixteen points would make sure of a respectable finish in the top half.
The other game that will decide who goes down is at The Strand where Attenborough welcome Kimberley Institute.
A few weeks back it looked as if Attenborough’s fate would be out of their hands, but their cushion of ten points means that they hold the aces in the battle for survival; a result would be the best way to make sure of safety and avoid any finger nails being bitten to the quick.
Kimberley arrive on the back of three straight wins and will want to bow out on a high; six points will secure third spot for them and at least nine points will mean a season’s tally of 300 points.
The remaining three games have no effect on the outcomes at the top or bottom, but will decide the final positions come the close of play.
At the New Gatehouse Ground Hucknall welcome Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
The home side have enjoyed an excellent second half of the season and just three points will mean they will have achieved a fifth place finish; although a win will be their preferred method of doing that.
The Millers sit seventh and need to better Radcliffe’s points total by six if they are to finish in the top half, that and hope that the Academy don’t pick up two points more than them.
The Academy’s last game in the NPL is at Birchover Park against the Cavaliers; they start the day in eighth, but if Radcliffe and MHM slip up they could sneak into sixth spot with a win.
The Cavaliers will most likely finish fourth but, should Kimberley fail to gain the six points they need to secure third spot, a win would mean the Cavaliers end the season in the top three to go along with their Twenty 20 triumph.
The final game of the day is at Caythorpe where Farnsfield are the visitors.
The home side, in ninth, are four points ahead of their opponents and their young side will be looking to end a trying season on a winning note.
Farnsfield secured their NPL status last week after beating Welbeck so they can relax and play with the pressure off; they can’t finish any lower than their current position of tenth, but they too would like to bow out on a positive note.
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