Kimberley rocked by virus postponement for second week in a row

Kimberley Institute were disappointed to see a second Nottinghamshire Premier League fixture called off in succession for worries over Covid.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 11:28 am
George Bacon - skipper frustrated by successive Covid postponements.

After Papplewick & Linby cancelled a week before due to worries over the virus, Kimberley s trip to Attenborough also fell foul of it last weekend.

That lay-off has seen Kimberley sink down into sixth place in the table but with two games in hand on their rivals above them.

“It was disappointing to be called off again,” said captain George Bacon.

“After we played the National Cup on the Sunday the next day we had a couple of lads return positive tests for Covid.

“They then went into isolation. The rest of the team tested negative throughout the week and no one else had symptoms.

"It was just a couple of isolated cases.

“We explained all that to Attenborough, but Attenborough did not feel comfortable playing us and so the game was postponed.”

He added: “It does put the pressure on us a little bit, though obviously it's entirely dependent how those games go when we can get them arranged.

“We have got quite a few games to fit in now and will be playing Saturday/Sunday most weeks.

“We have the postponed games with Papplewick and Attenborough to fit in plus the roving game with Cavaliers and all the cup competitions that we are playing in.

“It's going to be a busy few weeks but we're not going to whinge about playing cricket.”

One booster from Kimberley's latest weekend without cricket was the fact that expected title rivals Cavaliers & Carrington lost for a second week in a row.

They were unexpectedly beaten by 46 runs at Radcliffe-on-Trent.

“I don't want to focus on other teams' results or take too much happiness from other teams losing,” said Bacon.

“But they are obviously a team we know we're going to be competing against.

“So the fact Radcliffe got the better of them makes our rearranged games that much more important and gives us that much more motivation to make sure we get good results in them.”