First v Third In Notts Premier League
Round 15 of the Owzat Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League takes place on Saturday and two thirds of the season will have passed at its conclusion.
At Birchover Park 1st placed Cavaliers & Carrington take on 3rd placed Cuckney.
A three wicket win over Papplewick helped the Cavaliers to maintain their 2pts lead at the top of the table and a win over the defending champions would go a long way to boosting their chances of claiming the title.
Bilal Shafayat needs 39 runs for 500 against Cuckney and one on top of that would mean 5,000 league runs.
Cuckney will arrive bruised after their 103 run defeat at the hands of Kimberley last time out; a result which leaves them 20pts behind the leaders. Another defeat here would leave their title defence hanging by a thread, but a win would keep them in the hunt.
Tom Keast needs 28 for 1,500 NPL runs.
At Station Lane Farnsfield host Attenborough.
Farnsfield’s good run of form came to an abrupt end last week when Plumtree beat them by 119 runs. Despite the loss they remain in 7th place and still have comfortable cushion over the sides below them; so comfortably that they could even rise into the top half with a win here.
Joe Worrall needs one more wicket for 50 NPL strikes and Paul Franks is 17 runs away from 2,500 in the league.
Attenborough also fell to defeat last week at the hands of Wollaton; they slipped one place as a result and find themselves in 10th spot just 2pts ahead of Caythorpe below them. A repeat of their early season victory over their opponents would be a welcome result.
At the New Gatehouse Ground there’s a big game at the bottom of the table as Hucknall welcome Radcliffe-on-Trent.
Hucknall gave their survival chances a huge boost after beating Caythorpe by 10 runs; a result which saw them climb out of the relegation zone and into 9th spot – although only 6pts separates them from Caythorpe. Consecutive victories could see them rise above Radcliffe who are one place and 13pts above them.
Radcliffe do have consecutive wins under their belt after beating Mansfield Hosiery Mills; as noted they are in 8th place and 19pts ahead of Caythorpe. Their away form has been their Achilles Heel this season though; they’ve suffered five straight defeats, but if they can end that run here they’ll move closer to safety.
Eddie Torr requires 21 for 500 NPL runs.
Not far away Kimberley Institute entertain Caythorpe.
The home side kept pace with Cavaliers thanks to their big win at Cuckney; they remain in 2nd place and will be looking to keep up the pressure on the leaders and take advantage of any slip up. That said they should be looking avoid any complacency before worrying about other results – only rain saved them from defeat at Caythorpe earlier in the season.
Martin Weightman needs 27 for 500 runs at Kimberley and Dominic Brown requires 2 wickets for 50 at home.
Caythorpe arrive on the back of that dramatic defeat to Hucknall and they’ll be looking to get that result out of their system as soon as possible; a first win at Kimberley since 2012 would be the ideal way to do that.
Andy Staszkiewicz still requires 23 runs for 1,000 in the NPL.
At The Fieldings Mansfield Hosiery Mills host Plumtree.
The Millers are still winless after their 33 run loss at Radcliffe and the relegation trap door looms ever closer as they remain rock bottom and 48pts adrift of safety. They really have got nothing to lose in this match.
Kamal Manek needs 18 for 500 runs at home.
Plumtree returned to winning ways with that victory over Farnsfield and they remain in 4th place still within touching distance of the sides above them; indeed they could easily finish the day in third place with Cuckney just 2pts ahead and will be odds on to secure back-to-back wins.
The final game of the day is a mid-table clash as Wollaton welcome Papplewick & Linby.
The home side’s mini slump in form appears to be over as they made it two wins in row after beating Attenborough by four wickets. Despite claiming maximum points they stay in 5th place, but a third straight win could, depending on other results, see them rise at least one place if not two.
Papplewick arrive in the midst of a slump of their own as their defeat to the Cavaliers means they are four games without a win; they remain in 6th place, but should they have another bad day at the office they could find themselves sitting in the bottom half of the table come close of play.
Jack Blatherwick needs 1 wicket for 50 NPL strikes and 10 runs for 500 in the league.
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