Top versus bottom in NPL this weekend
The Nottinghamshire Premier League is quickly moving towards its conclusion as just five games remain for all sides as round seventeen arrives on Saturday.
At The Strand, it's bottom versus top as Attenborough welcome Cuckney.
Attenborough slipped a further point behind Welbeck after their defeat at Plumtree; the gap separating them from safety now stands at twelve points and they are fast running out of games to pull themselves out of trouble.
Tom Murray can make it 500 league runs at home with a score of 41 and Dominic Harvey needs three wickets for 50 on home soil.
Cuckney maintained their seventeen point lead at the top after beating Mansfield Hosiery Mills by just six runs and the form book suggests they should claim another twenty points here to move a step closer to retaining the title.
Will Butler needs one wicket for 150 in the NPL and James Hawley can make it 500 runs against Attenborough with a score of 39.
At the New Gatehouse Ground, Hucknall play host to Farnsfield.
The home side pulled off a remarkable one wicket win off the last ball against the Academy last time out; a result that finally moved them out of eighth spot as they rose one place. Another win here and they could have an outside chance of finishing the day in sixth.
Vinay Landa still needs 34 for 500 NPL runs.
The visitors were on the end of a two wicket defeat to Radcliffe last time out, so remain in tenth place. As they picked up the same number of points as Attenborough the gap remains fifteen points between them.
A repeat of their winning draw against Hucknall earlier in the season would be a good result.
At Newdigate Street, Kimberley Institute welcome Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
Kimberley slipped one place to fourth after their draw with the Cavaliers; a result which extends their winless run at home to four games now. If they can end that sequence they could move back to third if they better the Cavaliers by a point.
Dominic Brown has another chance to pass 1,500 runs at Kimberley with a score of 36.
The visitors slipped a place to eighth after their loss to Cuckney; they are now four games without a win and have won just one of their last nine league games.
Skipper Tom New has the opportunity to make it to 4,500 league runs - also with a score of 36.
At Lady Bay, Notts Academy host Plumtree with the Academy youngsters will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Hucknall here; a result that means they are now six games without a win and remain in sixth place.
Connor Marshall can make it 500 runs at Lady Bay with a score of 52.
Plumtree ended their three match winless run with a comfortable victory over Attenborough last time out to keep up the pressure on Cuckney.
They are ensconced in second place and will be looking to make it consecutive victories here.
Not far down the road at Radcliffe-on-Trent, Caythorpe are the visitors and Radcliffe, as seen above, got home by the skin of their teeth last time out but they are now five games unbeaten and have risen to fifth spot. There are now within touching distance of Kimberley and the Cavaliers just above them.
Ben Carr needs sixteen for 500 runs at home.
Caythorpe arrive on the back of a vital win over Welbeck last week; the result didn’t shift them from ninth place, but they extended their safety cushion over Attenborough to 35 points. Another result here would take them a long way towards retaining their league status.
Olly Clarke needs twenty-five for 500 NPL runs.
The final game of the day is at Birchover Park where the West Indian Cavaliers welcome Welbeck.
The Cavaliers are now four games unbeaten after claiming the better of the spoils against Kimberley and a win here will keep them in third place.
Shahzada Khan is second in the bowling averages with thirty-seven strikes this season; three more wickets here would mean fifty NPL victims.
Despite their loss to Caythorpe, Welbeck did manage to widen the gap over Attenborough by a solitary point to make their lead twelve points.
They are now six games without a win and the odds are it will be seven by the close of play on Saturday – unless they can pull off a shock.
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