Big guns are ready for early season clash

Kimberley Institute CC made the perfect start to the Nottinghamshire Premier League season with a 94-run victory at Mansfield Hosiery Mills last weekend.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 2:31 pm
Kimberley's Sam Wood goes big with a straight six at Hosiery Mills on Saturday.

But they know the acid test of their season's title aspirations will be at rivals Cuckney this Saturday (11.30am).

Sam Wood (63), Jack Nightingale (31) and Tom Rowe (37) eased Kimberley into a strong start last Saturday.

Martin Weightman (30), Matt Taylor (28) and skipper George Bacon (30) then all made significant contributions to an imposing 276-7 total before bowling out the Millers for 182, Alex King taking 3-36.

“That was a brilliant start for us – we couldn't have asked for much more than that,” said Bacon.

“Hosiery Mills obviously struggled a bit last season but they have strengthened and we executed everything we wanted to do really well.

“Woody started brilliantly. It wasn't easy early on and he was really patient and took his time. It was disappointing he got out when he did as I think he was just about to get going.

“The top three gave us a really good base and that allowed the rest of us to play with a bit of freedom and get us up to what we thought was a really good score.”

Now attention turns to the Cuckney showdown.

“Cuckney on Saturday will give us a much clearer picture of where we are at,” said Bacon.

“We have prepared as well as we can and we think we're a really strong side.

“To put ourselves up against them so early in the season will give us a really good benchmark.

“They had a really good win over Papplewick on Saturday as well, and we believe they have their two pros back this weekend so it will be great to go up against them. It's at home so we will have supporters there which is great. If we can beat Cuckney early it would signify a really good start for us.”

Kimberley are also at home to Plumtree on Sunday (noon) in the first round of the NPL T20 competition – spectators are welcome and the bar will be open. "With it being Bank Holiday and fans allowed in, it should be a great weekend,” added Bacon