Notts Premier League cricket - weekend preview

Mansfield Hosiery Mills v West Indian Cavaliers.'Tom New, left and Gareth Curtis in action for Hosiery Mills.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills v West Indian Cavaliers.'Tom New, left and Gareth Curtis in action for Hosiery Mills.

Farnsfield welcome neighbours Mansfield Hosiery Mills in the Notts Premier League this Saturday with the home side looking to get back to winning ways after two winning draws and a defeat in their last three games.
With both Graeme White and skipper Paul Franks in the Nottinghamshire squad, the Millers will see this as an excellent opportunity to secure a third win.

Osama Alam seems to have fully recovered from the ankle injury suffered in the opening match of the campaign as he grabbed 5-54 from 13 overs in the match on Monday at Clifton.

Mansfield may still be without captain Matt New who is still recovering from a knee injury, but Tom New has stood in well and Matt Wright is in the groove with ball, having snagged 14 wickets with a best of 5-74 against the Academy.

Welbeck are another side looking to record their second win of the season and this weekend they welcome Kimberley to Sookholme.

The visitors had a rocky start to the season but are building some good form after two wins in the last three matches.They also won the last time these sides met in September when they bowled Welbeck out for just 103, but seven of those wickets were taken by Akhil Patel or Matt Wright, both of whom have moved on.

Their replacements Alex King and Atif Sheikh are settling in well with 27 wickets between them, including 5-25 for King in last weekend’s victory over Papplewick.

Welbeck are trying to find some consistency, and they very nearly secured a win in the local derby with Cuckney last week when they ended up two runs short.

Martin Dobson was again in form with 91 and Jon Ball earlier taking 4-47.

Caythorpe travel to Birchover Park to take on the West Indian Cavaliers, whose 100 per cent record was ended by a 56 run defeat at Plumtree last Saturday.

Shahzada Khan was injured in that game and is likely to be out for some time with an achilles injury. His side recovered sufficiently to inflict an eight-wicket win over Mansfield Hosiery Mills on Monday with Sadiq Hassan taking 4-31.

Caythorpe overcame Plumtree on Monday from the penultimate ball with Steve Allcoat hitting form with an impressive innings of 67.

That win ended a run of three straight defeats for the visitors and also saw Kafeel Shafique find form with figures of 3-33.

Leaders Rolls Royce will be keen to extend their lead over the Cavaliers at the top of the Nottinghamshire Premier League and this weekend they travel to Plumtree who despite their position, fourth in the league, are mixing wins and losses.

The home side were the first to defeat the Cavaliers this season and then travelled to Caythorpe and lost from the penultimate ball.

They hope to name an unchanged side from the Caythorpe game and have been enjoying the form of Bobby Gamble with bat and ball; he scored an unbeaten 36 in his side’s total of 128 before taking 2-10 from 6 overs in the Cavaliers game.

Rolls Royce showed their all-round skills on Monday when they pulled off an unlikely win against the Nottinghamshire Academy; having fallen to 133-9 chasing 192, last pair Steve Atkinson and Adam Shepherd nudged their way to a famous win with more than two overs to spare.

They will likely be without Luke Fletcher who will be with the Nottinghamshire side in their championship game at Hove against Sussex.

Lady Bay hosts a match between last years champions Cuckney and runners-up the Academy; both sides have only won one game this term, but Cuckney’s form has been much more consistent as they are one of only two unbeaten sides, also securing four winning draws.

The Academy had the better of a draw in the equivalent fixture last season when Sam Kelsall (82) and Sam Wood (78) powered their side to 268- 6.

Clifton’s batting has been their powerhouse so far this year with Richard Stroh (298 runs) and Nick Langford (243) both in the top four of league stats.

But their bowling has lost a bit of an edge from last season, not surprising since their leading bowler from la Luke Wood is now a key member of the Academy squad.

The transition seems to have been a successful one for Wood, who is leading the league with 18 wickets to date at just over 10 runs each.

Only two points separate Rolls Royce and the Cavaliers at the top of the table but Papplewick are becoming slightly adrift at the bottom.

They are in 12th spot, 15 points behind Clifton in 11th and the this week the two clubs meet at Papplewick Hall.

The visitors will have taken confidence from their win on Monday over Farnsfield, especially after losing the previous two from winning positions against Kimberley and Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Martin Weightman was the star of the show against Farnsfield, first with an innings of 76 followed by figures 6-61.

Papplewick’s leading player this year is veteran Jim Rhodes, whose 130 runs and 12 wickets at fewer than 16 show his worth to the side, but both the batting and bowling units look understrength.