The stand out fixture in the coming weekend’s Premier League fixture schedule sees third-placed West Indian Cavaliers host the Nottinghamshire Academy side one place below them.
The Cavs returned to winning ways last weekend when the returning Saqlain Mushtaq helped them beat the then league leaders Welbeck by 92 runs and they will be hoping he inspires them again this weekend.
The Academy side will want to return to winning ways after their first loss of the season last week against Clifton; they will have fond memories of Birchover Park where last season they secured a 5 wicket win, probably the highlight of their debut season.
Clifton’s win last week put them back at the top of the table, a position they will be keen to consolidate when they return to the Clifton Oval to take on Cuckney.
Martin Weightman has been a model of consistency for Clifton this term with 302 runs at an average of more than 50, and bowlers Liam Andrews, Daniel Footitt and Tom Lungley leading the attack. Cuckney, after wins this season against Wollaton, Kiveton and Kimberley, almost overcame Papplewick last week but could not quite get over the line despite a solid 75* from Lucas Carlisle.
Skipper Richard Stroh has not produced the volume of wickets this season that he has been used to and will hope to find some form with the ball despite the Clifton Oval’s batsman-friendly reputation.
Kiveton Park travel to Kimberley in good spirits after breaking their winning duck last week against bottom-placed Belvoir; their bowling attack is still taking some time to find its Premier League feet but their batting unit is performing better with Matthew Cartwright starring so far with 343 runs at an average of more than 42 with one ton and two fifties.
Kimberley come into the game on the back of their nail-biting one wicket win last week against Wollaton and skipper Sam Ogrizovic is finding some consistent form with the bat.
Wollaton themselves will want to find winning form again, especially as they are hosting a Papplewick side that that are just ten points below them in tenth position. The home side have been steadily improving after a poor start and other than last week’s reverse, have had recent positive results against Belvoir, Kiveton and Caythorpe.
David Smith and Tim Young are both averaging in the 40s with the bat and Alex King and Rhys Owen are building good wicket tallies.
Papplewick’s season has really yet to fire having only won one game this term. Their performance last weekend when they got the better of a draw against Cuckney will have heartened them and Alex Lloyd and Mark Nelson are both in good form with the bat.
Bottom club Belvoir will be smarting from their loss last week to the club above them in the relegation zone Kiveton and this week they host Caythorpe at Knipton.
Darren Bicknell and Gurpej Landa are beginning to hit their straps and Lee Fazackerley has put in some good spells, his best so far being 3-33 in the loss to Kiveton.
Unlike Belvoir, Caythorpe will have enjoyed their last game as they notched up their first win of the season last Saturday when they bowled Mansfield Hosiery Mills out for 105, thanks to a 6 wicket haul from Jim Hindson.
The final game of the day sees the Mansfield side travel to Welbeck.
The home side suffered their first loss of the season last week against the Cavaliers and they will be keen to return to winning ways. Their batting in that game was the cause of the loss when they were skittled for just 121 with only Robert French standing out. Hosiery Mills lie in eighth spot but will keep a wary eye on the Wollaton result as there only three points between them.
Gareth Curtis and James Fraser are both averaging in the 50s with the bat but it is telling that only one bowler, Kyle Garside, has reached double figures for wickets in the season.