NOTTS PREMIER LEAGUE: Cuckney hold the leaders as Lucan leads the way

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Despite the gloomy weather in Nottinghamshire, all but one of the Round 10 matches were played to a conclusion on a day that when leaders Clifton consolidated the top spot, but were held at home by Cuckney.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field first at the Clifton Oval, a ploy which backfired a little when the leaders went to tea on 269 for 6 in a match reduced to 44 overs.

Dan Birch (75), Richard Harris (58), Scott McNeill (49) and Martin Weightman all tucked into the Cuckney attack which wilted a little with Luke Wood and Richard Bostock being heavily plundered.

The visitors couldn’t match Clifton attacking style and did well to hang on in the end, closing on 192 for 8 with Lucas Carlisle grabbing 54.

Clifton’s attack was lead well by Adam Shepherd with 3-39.

Clifton are nine points ahead of Welbeck who secured a winning draw at home to neighbours Mansfield Hosiery Mills.

After a poor batting performance last week, Welbeck roared back to form scoring 281 for the loss of just three wickets with Martin Dobson (106) and Matt Higgins (126*) putting on 246 for the first wicket.

Only Luke Waterhouse seemed to bring some control to the onslaught and in the process grabbed 4-44.

The Mansfield side made a good fist of a response but in the end would have been happy to cling on for a draw; they replied with 215 for 8 thanks mainly to Mark Smallwood’s 78 with supporting innings from Sudesh Fernando (33) and Gareth Curtis (30).

The match that did not finish due to rain took place at Birchover Park where the West Indian Cavaliers had the upper hand over Nottinghamshire Academy.

Kimberley are in fourth after a comprehensive six wicket win at home against Kiveton Park while Wollaton and Papplewick’s fortunes currently seem to be heading in opposite directions and Wollaton grabbed a 20 point win at Papplewick Hall by 37 runs.

One of the closest games of the day took place at Knipton where Caythorpe had the best of a draw with Belvoir; the home side lost nine wickets chasing their 207 target but fell just nine runs short of what would have been their maiden Premier League win.

The Premier League Twenty20 competition kicks off this Sunday, ith one slight amendment to the schedule; the match between Clifton Village and the Nottinghamshire Academy will now take place at the Clifton Oval, not Kiveton Park, starting at 10.30am.

The winners will travel to Kiveton Park to take on the winners of the match between the hosts and Belvoir.

Full details of the schedule can be found on the League’s website, http://nottinghamshirecbpl.play-cricket.com.