Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League – Round 18 Preview
The Nottinghamshire Premier League rolls into round 18 this weekend, and with just 100 points left available, Cuckney’s 25 point lead is going to need to be eroded soon.
The Bears go on the road this week, visiting a Mansfield Hosiery Mills side boosted by a win at Rolls Royce last week, that saw them move 18 points clear of bottom place and to within 9 of Welbeck in 10th.
Cuckney have not won in six, yet have been able to maintain their advantage at around the 20 point mark as none of the chasers are able to put a consistent chase together.
Plumtree lead that chase despite getting the worst of their draw at Caythorpe. The Plumdogs host Clifton Village this weekend, the Villagers sit fourth, with a six game unbeaten run to defend. Just three points separate these sides but a defeat for either could end their title ambitions.
Sandwiched between Plumtree and Clifton are Caythorpe. The Oaks have not lost outright since Round three at Cuckney, so will travel to Kimberley Institute in confident mood. Their winning draw versus Plumtree last week lifting them to within one point of the ‘dogs. Kimberley dropped to ninth last week after defeat, and without a win in eight they will be looking to get something to move them back in the right direction. They have a 22 point cushion over the bottom three, but that’s not comfortable just yet.
West Indian Cavaliers sit in fifth, and with a 41 point deficit on the leaders, know they will have to “run the table” from here on in, and rely on a bit of help if they are to defend their title. They host Rolls Royce Leisure at Birchover Park this weekend where they have won three in a row. Rolls have not won in six and find themselves in the bottom half.
The NCB Academy, stretched their unbeaten run to seven last week and moved into a tie with the Cavs for fifth. They travel to in-form Radcliffe-on-Trent, winners of two in a row. Radcliffe would appear to have secured Premier League status for next season, they need another 27 points to make it impossible for Bridon to catch them, and could push for a finish in the top half if they can keep their run going.
In what is another big game at the wrong end of the table, Ordsall Bridon travel to Welbeck Colliery, where a win for the Colliers ought to leave them safe in the league for another season. Welbeck sit 10th, 27 points ahead of Ordsall who need to start picking up points quickly. Neither team are familiar with the taste of victory however, Ordsall winless in seven, Welbeck winless in 10.
All games are scheduled to commence at 12:30.