Kimberley back on the national glory bid trail

Kimberley Institute resume their bid for national glory this Sunday.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 8:59 am
Kimberley are all smiles after last weekend's win over Hucknall - picture by Peter Bacon.

But first they want to bounce back from their Nottinghamshire Premier League defeat on Monday when Papplewick & Linby visit on Saturday (11.30am).

Papplewick arrive in fifth, four points adrift of Kimberley in third, and captain George Bacon said “We are looking forward to what should be a great weekend.

“Papplewick had a great win on Monday and one of their lads (Brent Williams 202) got a double hundred which is quite remarkable. So we'd like to get him out early.

“We are at home and we are confident if we play well I think we will get the better of them.”

He added: “We will try to rest up a bit this week as we have had a bit of a heavy schedule with lots of games recently.

“So we will chill out a bit this week, prepare Thursday/Friday, and I hope the lads then respond to the Cavaliers defeat, which I am sure they will.

“We prepare well and they take responsibility for themselves.

“We will go out on Saturday, be aggressive, play how we want to play and, if we play our best cricket, we'll get the better of them.”

On Sunday Kimberley then take on Leicestershire side Rothley Park at home (1pm) in the prestigious Royal London National Club Championship second round.

“I have never played against Rothley Park. I know a couple of their players, but that's it,” said Bacon.

“I am told they are a decent side and they have started okay in their league.

“But we really want to do as well as we can in this competition.

“I am sure getting past them will be tricky, but we are up for it.”

Kimberley made the last 16 of the competition in 2015 - their best ever run in it so far.

Sunday’s opponents Rothley Park currently sit fifth in the Leicestershire & Rutland League Premier Division table, Kimberley having knocked out Langtons from the same league and division in the opening round last month.

In-form Rothley have won their last two league games and also won two T20 games last weekend over a busy Bank Holiday.