The Nottinghamshire Premier League is getting towards the business end of the season and this weekend’s results may have a significant impact on the teams at both ends of the table.
Leaders Cuckney host the West Indian Cavaliers at Langwith Lane looking to build on their 25 point lead over second-placed Plumtree.
The home side recorded an impressively quick win over Mansfield Hosiery Mills last weekend, but will be wary of a Cavaliers side that lost in the regional T20 Final last weekend to Peterborough.
The two sides have won the same number of games but are 41 points and three places apart.
Plumtree are well on their way to their best ever finish in the league and travel this weekend to the 2bm ground looking to keep in touch with Cuckney.
Kimberley have not secured an outright win since their defeat of Cuckney in May but have Sam Johnson in outstanding form with the bat.
Plumtree’s Storey brothers will remember this fixture last season when they put on 197 for the first wicket but neither scored a century, Sam scoring 98 and Ben 99.
The fixture of the day takes place at Ordsall when they host Mansfield Hosiery Mills. The home side will take great confidence in their battle to avoid relegation from their win over Welbeck last weekend when they successfully chased down 246 with a couple of overs to spare thanks to 107 from Sufian Munir.
The Millers only picked up three points in last weekend’s loss to Cuckney and they are now just one point ahead of Ordsall.
Another side keen to bounce back from a heavy defeat last time out will be Radcliffe who travel to third placed Caythorpe. The visitors will be keen to go one better that their winning draw against the home side earlier in the season.
Caythorpe will want to keep up the pressure on the sides ahead of them by securing their first win since they overcame Ordsall at the end of July.
It could be argued that the Nottinghamshire Academy are the form team in the league currently, having won five of their last six completed matches since they lost to the Cavs in June and this weekend they take on a Welbeck side desperate to arrest their slide into the drop zone.
Jake Ball made a rare appearance for the Colliers in last weekend’s loss to Ordsall and they will hope he will be available for the game at Lady Bay, where a win could lift the visitors clear of the bottom two.
Clifton are one of a number of teams to have spent some time in second place this year but they have now dropped to sixth after securing just one win in their last six completed games and this weekend they travel to Derby to take a Rolls Royce team also low on confidence. The home team are 20 points behind Clifton in seventh and have lost one game more than they have won.