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Clifton And Cavs Have It All To Play For

The 2011 season comes to an end tomorrow and the destination of the championship title lies within grasp for both Clifton and West Indian Cavaliers.

Clifton are strong favourites as they need only six points to secure their third successive title. They welcome Wollaton to the Clifton Oval hoping to do the double over the visitors, having beaten them with some ease earlier in the season.

James Taylor was the star that day, his unbeaten 79 seeing the league-leaders home, although Wollaton have had a much better second half.

Cavaliers are the only side who can pip Clifton and they welcome Cuckney to Birchover Park.

The visitors will be looking for their second major scalp in two weeks after they upset the formbook last Saturday with their three-wicket win against Clifton, with Tom Ullyott and Ian Parkin on form.

Ullyott has had a good season and sits seventh in the league batting stats with six 50s in his 661 runs.

But the Cavs have the league's leading bowler, Saqlain Mushtaq having grabbed an astonishing 61 league wickets at just over ten apiece.

This is third highest wicket haul in Premier League history after Jim Rhodes took 69 in 2003 and Eddie Hemmings 76 in 2001. Cavs have also leant heavily on the batting of skipper Usman Afzaal and his 911 runs leaves him second in the league batting list.

The top scorer has been Belvoir veteran Darren Bicknell with 968 runs, despite missing the first three games.

This superb effort has not, however, prevented Belvoir slipping out of the league and this weekend they sign off their campaign at Knipton against Mansfield Hosiery Mills.

Belvoir will be hoping to avoid suffering the same fate as Attenborough, who were relegated from the Premier League last season and have suffered a second successive relegation.

The previous match between these two sides saw the Millers get the better of a draw thanks mainly to an astounding 141 from Gareth Curtis at more than a run a ball, one of the four Premier League tons in 2011.

Nottinghamshire Academy are guaranteed third spot and travel to Sookholme to take on Welbeck Colliery, who are looking to remain in fourth.

The Academy side have had an excellent season, recording ten wins. Tom Rowe has had an outstanding season. His 852 runs at an average of more than 60 represents a fine debut season and he currently lies fourth in the batting stats.

Welbeck started the season with a seven-match winning streak, a run that was ended by a thumping defeat to the Cavaliers. Their star performers have been Martin Dobson with 694 runs and Luke Waterhouse and Jonathan Ball with 45 and 39 wickets respectively.

Kimberley take on Welbeck at the Private Ground. It has been an up and down season for Sam Ogrizovic's team. They have recorded nine wins, including victories against the Cavaliers and Caythorpe.

But a five-match losing streak during July and August put a dent in their season.

Caythorpe too have struggled to find consistency and are equal on points with the home side despite two fewer wins. The James's, Hawley and Hindson, have been their stand-out performers with 627 runs and 45 wickets respectively.

The final match sees Kiveton travel to Papplewick for their last match in the Premier League. They have found the step-up in standard a challenge but have some cricketers who have found success and will return to the Bassetlaw better for the experience.

Skipper Lee Brooks has led from the front with 29 wickets and Matthew Cartwright has supported well with 600 runs but there have not been enough solid performances from the remainder of the side.

Papplewick spent much of the season flirting with the relegation zone but will now be looking to continue the rebuilding process.
The win against Cuckney showed they can still compete and that win was built around an unbeaten ton for Alex Lloyd.

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