Premier League Reaches Halfway Point
The Owzat Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League reaches its half-way point this weekend as the 11th round of fixtures takes place; that is for all but two sides as Caythorpe and Attenborough still have their re-arranged opening fixture to play.
At Birchover Park NPL leaders Cavaliers & Carrington take on Radcliffe-on-Trent.
The Cavaliers were on the wrong side of a draw against Caythorpe last week which ended their three match winning run and meant there lead at the top was cut to just two points; they’ll be looking for a return to winning ways here.
All-rounder Adam Tillcock requires 32 for 2,500 NPL runs.
Radcliffe, who sit in 7th place, were grateful for having their re-arranged fixture with Cuckney on Sunday as their nail-biting 12 run win over the champions allowed them to end their poor run of form; after defeat to Kimberley on Saturday they had suffered four straight losses.
Skipper David Lucas is top of the bowling charts with 28 strikes after his six wickets inspired Radcliffe to victory on Sunday; he’ll be looking to do the same again in this fixture.
At the New Gatehouse Ground Hucknall welcome Farnsfield.
Hucknall dropped into 10th place following their draw at Plumtree, but they did avoid a third straight defeat and have a 19 point cushion over Attenborough who sit below them. A return to winning ways here and they’ll move above their opponents.
Richard Greatorex has the opportunity to reach 500 NPL runs at home if he can score 19 or more.
Farnsfield sit in 8th spot after they beat Mansfield Hosiery Mills last time out, a result which secured back to back wins and means that they are now unbeaten in their last four matches. A win here could see them move up one place, but perhaps more importantly increase the distance between them and the relegation zone.
If he’s on duty Paul Franks needs 43 for 2,500 NPL runs.
A short distance away Kimberley Institute welcome Plumtree to Newdigate Street.
Kimberley start the day in 2nd place and will be looking for a third straight win after they chased down 124 for the 2nd week in a row against Radcliffe. They’ll also be hoping to take advantage of any slip-up by the Cavaliers.
This has the potential to be a very good game for all-rounder Dominic Brown: a score of 27 or more would mean 500 against Plumtree and he requires three wickets for 50 at Kimberley.
Plumtree had a mixed weekend as they drew with Hucknall and then fell to a two wicket defeat against Papplewick in their re-arranged fixture; they go into this game in 5th spot, but could be in 3rd place if they can return to winning ways.
At The Fieldings the bottom two sides meet as Mansfield Hosiery Mills take on Attenborough.
The Millers remain the only team in the NPL yet to notch one in the win column; something they will have to change very soon if they are too drag themselves out of the mire. Their seven wicket defeat at Farnsfield means they are rooted to the bottom of the table and are some 39pts adrift of safety.
A first win here and the 2nd half of the season may look distinctly rosier.
Attenborough’s seven wicket defeat at the hands of Papplewick means they come into this game on the back of consecutive defeats and filling one of the relegation places. They will be looking to stop the rot and reel in the sides just above them with victory here.
Paldip Sidhu requires just 9 runs for 2,000 in the NPL.
Next up are Papplewick & Linby who welcome Cuckney to Papplewick Hall.
The home side enjoyed a good weekend as they claimed all 40pts available in their games with Attenborough and Plumtree and moved into 3rd place in the process – one place and 6pts above their opponents.
Jack Blatherwick needs one wicket for 50 NPL victims and if he has a good day with the bat he can reach 500 NPL runs with 47 or more.
Cuckney had a rather more mixed weekend as their nine wicket win over Wollaton was overshadowed by the aforementioned 12 run defeat at Radcliffe. They’ll be looking to get that result out of their system and move above Papplewick in the process.
Captain Nick Langford needs 54 more runs for 5,500 in the NPL.
The final game of the day sees Wollaton host Caythorpe.
After topping the table three weeks ago Wollaton have slipped down to 6th spot after their 3rd defeat in a row at Cuckney. They will be looking to arrest their slump in form here and return to winning ways; maximum points could potentially see them move up two spots.
Caythorpe’s form is the opposite of their hosts as they have gone three matches without defeat after they had much the better of the draw against the Cavaliers; they sit in 9th place, but another positive result here could see them end the day in 7th if results go their way.
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