Can Cuckney see off rivals?

Cuckney celebate the fall of the first West Indian Cavaliers wicket to bowler Lewis Bramley, caught behind by wicket keeper Dan Wood.
Cuckney celebate the fall of the first West Indian Cavaliers wicket to bowler Lewis Bramley, caught behind by wicket keeper Dan Wood.

Cuckney travel to Clifton this weekend looking to widen the 15 point gap at the top of the Notts Premier League table by securing a season-double against a home side who themselves retain an outside chance of winning the title.

The first meeting this year between these sides saw Cuckney skipper Will Butler take the remarkable figures of 6-1-7-6 as Clifton were dismissed for just 115, but the home side will take confidence from their 47-run victory over Rolls Royce last month when Martin Weightman starred with a hundred plus five wickets.

Rolls Royce themselves travel to The PCG to try to avoid a double against a Plumtree side that have won more games (8) than any other side in the league.

Last time out at Derby, Dan Birch’s unbeaten hundred was to no avail as Sam Storey matched it with one of his own as Plumtree won by eight wickets.

The home side also have South African batsmen David Bedingham in good form after his match-winning hundred against Kimberley last week.

At the other end of the table, Ordsall will hope to continue their recent upturn in form as they come up against the West Indian Cavaliers at Birchover Park.

Since losing to Radcliffe three weeks ago, the Bassetlaw 2013 Champions have beaten Welbeck away and secured a winning draw over Mansfield Hosiery Mills at home as they look to widen the eight-point gap over the Millers in bottom spot.

The Cavs have had positive results in five of their last six games, but may have been saved by the rain at Cuckney last weekend.

If Ordsall face a tough trip to Birchover, then bottom-placed Mansfield Hosiery Mills will not be looking forward to their home tie against the Nottinghamshire Academy.

If the season had started in mid-June, the Academy side would be runaway leaders having won six of their last seven completed fixtures.

Dan Freeman rescued the county side in last weekend’s win over Welbeck, scoring an unbeaten 65 after his team slumped to 89-7.

For the Millers, Tom New has been a rock this year and leads the league’s batting statistics with 900 runs at an average of nearly 70.

Another win for Radcliffe would almost guarantee their return for 2015, and this weekend they welcome a Kimberley side that has now slipped eight points below them and also into potential relegation territory.

Radcliffe suffered a losing draw last time these two met after Tom Rowe (102) and Sam Johnson (96) put on 166 for the third wicket in their first innings total of 320.

Usman Muzaffar is Radcliffe’s leading bowler for the season to date and he will be hoping to add to his tally of 28 wickets.

The other club fighting for their Premier League survival are Welbeck, who are equal 10th with Ordsall on 147 points, and this weekend host a Caythorpe side whose recent form has seen them slip to sixth in the table.

The visitors have not won since their trip to Ordsall in July and when 16-year-old Sam Trotman took 4-26.

Welbeck slipped to defeat last time out against the Academy and an away win over Ordsall in May was their last maximum pointer.