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Wednesday, 30th July 2014

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Wollaton stalwart spinner Gerry McMahon calls it a day

One of the Premier League's longest-standing and most senior stalwarts bows out this weekend.

Wollaton's 58-year-old spinner Gerry McMahon has decided to call it a day after tomorrow's home match against the Nottinghamshire Academy.

He has played in every one of the leagues 12 seasons and Wollaton skipper Ed Savill said: "Gerry's service to this club and Nottinghamshire cricket over 20 years has been nothing short of amazing.

"To play in the Premier League for the last 12 years, most of which he has been past the age of 50 is a testament to his talent, fitness and competitive nature. We will miss him."

Premier League chairman Peter Johnson has also paid tribute to McMahon.

He said: "It is very fitting that the league's most senior player is bowing out on a day when his team takes on the Academy, a side that represents the future of the game in the county.

"Gerry's contribution to Wollaton and the League has been immense and we wish him all the best for his future. I will be at Wollaton tomorrow and look forward to watching him use all his experience when bowling against the Academy lads."

The home side had a poor start to the season, earning only a single point in their defeat against the Cavaliers in the opening game.

The Academy include four players in their 13-man squad looking to make their season debuts Sam Wood, George Bacon, Bobby Gamble and Hassan Azad. They will also keep a wary eye on the clock, having been docked one point for a slow over-rate last week.

Belvoir host their first Premier League game at their picturesque Knipton ground when they take on Kimberley Institute.

The home side suffered a 171-run defeat at Welbeck Colliery in the opening round of matches and will be keen to put in a stronger batting performance against an improving Kimberley who will hope that their batting unit can put in another strong performance on this high-scoring ground.

The other promoted club, Kiveton Park, continue their baptism of fire with a home match against seven-time league winners West Indian Cavaliers.

The 2010 Bassetlaw champions opened their account last week with a six-wicket loss to Clifton where their batting unit found it difficult to perform and were skittled for 146 in 34 overs.

Cavaliers, on the other hand, hit the ground running with a comprehensive defeat of Wollaton which included a match-winning spell of 6-37 from former Pakistan star Saqlain Mustaq.

Caythorpe play host to Clifton in what is sure to be a well-contested game; both sides will have taken confidence from their first outings last week Cliftoneasily beating Kiveton Park and Caythorpe securing a winning draw against Papplewick.

Clifton's joy at a winning start will have been tempered after the game when they were penalised five points for fielding an unregistered player.

Papplewick travel to Mansfield Hosiery Mills, who also suffered a losing draw in the opening game when Kimberley were unable to bowl them out.

In the last completed match between these two, Papplewick skittled the Mansfield side for just 87 on the way to a seven-wicket win and the Hosiery Mills batting unit will want to post a more competitive total this time round.

The final game of the day sees Cuckney host Welbeck Colliery.

The home side may have been grateful for the rain last week but will have been heartened by the early season form shown by Tom Ullyott and Ian Parkin.

Welbeck won the corresponding fixture last term when they dismissed the home side for 161 and will hope that opening bowler Luke Waterhouse can continue on from his outstanding 6-15 last weekend.

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