Leaders hoping - weekend Notts Premier cricket preview

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NOTTS Premier Cricket League leaders Clifton travel to Kimberley this weekend looking to build on their 29-point lead.

They have won four on the bounce and will be anxious to stay on track after their defeat on Sunday in the Premier League T20 Cup.

Kimberley lost in disappointing fashion last weekend at Papplewick and will also want to return to winning ways.

They will also want to avenge for the 95 run loss in the first match between these two sides earlier this year when Tom Lungley took 3-39 and Paul MacMillan returned the remarkable figures of 0.5-0-2-3.

Nick Langford is the form batsman for the home side, having amassed 465 league runs thus far.

On paper at least, second placed West Indian Cavaliers have an easier day as they travel to Knipton to take on a Belvoir side that has developed a drawing habit but need to convert a few to wins if they are to retain the top-flight status.

Before they lost to Clifton last week, they managed to draw their previous four games but remain the only side in the league without a victory.

They have Darren Bicknell (619 runs) and Gurpej Landa (349) in solid batting form and bowler Lee Fazackerley has been a revelation, taking 26 wickets so far.

The Cavs are performing with great consistency and will want to do the double on Belvoir after their crushing ten-wicket victory earlier this season. That match saw Alex Tudor grab 4-23 to help skittle the Knipton side for just 112.

Caythorpe are in sixth place and welcome a Cuckney side that are one place but 15 points below them. Cuckney enjoy travelling to Caythorpe as they have won here for the last two years; before they won at Wollaton a couple of weeks ago, they had not won in five games.

Will Butler (103) and Richard Stroh (66) were both in the runs in last weekend’s winning draw at home to Kiveton.

Caythorpe had to wait until the second week in June to register their first win of the season and have only repeated that result once since.

Steve Allcoat and Josh Mierkalns have both recently shown that they are in good form with the bat and James Hindson (25 wickets) and Stephen Randall (24) are leading the bowling roster.

Recent leaders Welbeck are playing host to a Papplewick side that will be hoping to kick on from their astonishing win last week against Kimberley.

This was not the result that the formbook suggested especially when Papplewick were skittled for just 145.

But incredibly accurate bowling from Jim Rhodes (5-49) and Aaron Onyon (4-15) secured the win; their accuracy demonstrated by the fact that eight of the nine wickets they took were either bowled or lbw.

Welbeck’s recent form is in stark contrast to their stunning start to the season; their last win was the home defeat of Caythorpe on 4th June, since when they have lost two and drawn four.

Their batting has failed in two of their most recent games, 143 for 8 against the Notts Academy and 136 all out in the loss to Wollaton last weekend.

Martyn Dobson is due a big score after four relative failures for a batsmen of his proven calibre.

The Nottinghamshire Academy travel to The Fieldings to take on Mansfield Hosiery Mills.

The county side have won two and had three winning draws in their last five games since losing to Clifton in June.

They will be trying to do the double on the Millers after the comprehensive nine wicket win at Lady Bay earlier in the year; that game was three wickets each for George Bacon and Adam Tillcock and 80’s from Tome Rowe and Sam Kelsall.

Hosiery Mills are in ninth place, looking to leapfrog Wollaton, only two points ahead of them in eighth, but have not won since defeating Cuckney at the end of May.

The final game of the day takes place at Kiveton, who welcome a Wollaton side still celebrating their success last Sunday in the T20 cup.

In the longer form of the game, they may have turned the corner from some poor recent results with their nail-biting 16 run victory last weekend at home to Welbeck.

Ian Dodd and Rhys Owen were the stars of that win with 49 runs and a bowling return of 5-49 respectively.

Kiveton remain stubbornly bottom of the pile having lost 10 of their 14 completed games.

Matthew Cartwright (471 runs at 36.2) and Lee Brooks (21 wickets at 27.1) have both found their feet at the top level but they need others to step up and support them.