Cuckney contest Trent Bridge Twenty20

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Trent Bridge was recently voted the fifth-best Test Match ground in the world - and tomorrow Cuckney are one offour clubs to get the chance to follow in the footsteps of Nottinghamshire and England stars and experience, playing at the ground as the Finals Day of the Nottinghamshire Premier League Twenty20 competition comes to the venue.

Two of the sides appearing this year have experience of playing at the first-class ground in the 2010 event but all the players will relish the chance of following in the footsteps of Patel, Swann, Broad and Hales.

The day kicks off at 10.30am when last year’s Twenty20 champions Wollaton take on the champions of the South Nottinghamshire Cricket League’s T20 competition.

In previous years, the SNCL champions would have played the Bassetlaw Champions for a place in the finals but due to dates clashing, the Bassetlaw champions will sit out this year’s competition.

Gedling Colliery and Keyworth meet in the SNCL final at Plumtree on Wednesday to claim the right to take on Wollaton.

Wollaton have the advantage of being the current champions but five of the side appearing in last year’s finals are not in this years squad.

But the change of personnel does seem to have hindered their progress in the T20 competition, which is in stark contrast to their league position of one from bottom spot.

As a club, they seem to like the shorter form of the game, as they were also the inaugural Premier League T20 champions in 2006.

They secured their place at the finals day when they defeated Caythorpe in the 1st round by seven wickets.

In the second round they brushed aside a strong West Indian Cavaliers side.

Batting first, the Cavs were limited to just 79-8 with Ben Savage showing remarkable control with ball to return the excellent figures of 2-6 from his four overs.

They overcame their meagre target in just 12.4 overs to demonstrate their strength at this form of game.

The winners of the first game will then get the opportunity to rest while the second semi final between Cuckney and Clifton takes place, starting at 1.45pm.

If Wollaton must be considered strong favourites for the title as a result of their win last season, then these two hugely competitive sides are not far behind them.

Cuckney have one of the strongest records in Twenty20 cricket in the county; they won the League Cup in successive seasons in 2009 and 2010 and in 2009 they progressed to the final of the ECB Club competition.

At the County Ground, Derby, they lost out to Bournemouth in the final live on TV and this remains the best performance by a Nottinghamshire club in a national competition.

They won their way through to this year’s event by demolishing Plumtree in the 1st round by 88 runs with Will Root smashing 84 from 42 balls and skipper Will Butler taking 4-19. In the second round, they completed an equally comprehensive demolition of the Nottinghamshire Academy, restricting the county side to 69-9 from their 20 overs with Luke Wood taking 3-9 from four.

Clifton are also past winners of the T20 cup, taking the trophy in 2007; they reached Trent Bridge this year with two comprehensive wins in the opening rounds.

In the first game, they restricted Kimberley to exactly 100 with Dominic Harvey starring with 3-12 from 4 overs and then strolled to their target in just 13.1 overs.

In round two, they inflicted a similar defeat on Welbeck Colliery with Paul MacMillan taking 3-23 in Welbeck’s innings of 117.

Again, they raced to their target in less than 14 overs with Richard Harris playing a captain’s innings of 65 from 34 balls.

The final between the two winning semi-finalists begins at 5pm.

Entry to Trent Bridge is free and the Dixon Gate will be open from 9.30am.