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Friday, 19th December 2014

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New boys begin life in the top flight

Notts Premier League newcomers Belvoir start their campaign with a trip to Welbeck Colliery tomorrow.

All three of Belvoir's senior sides were promoted at the end of last season.

There is so much interest locally that they plan to start a friendly XI with the aim of joining the South Notts League next season.

New faces include Casuals star batsman Gurpej Landa and quick bowlers Tom Barker and Sam Cliff.

Former Notts and Surrey opener Darren Bicknell showed he has not lost his edge with a superb unbeaten 157 in the narrow friendly win over Wollaton last week.

Captain James Clayfield was 26 not out as Belvoir reached 254-3.

Opener Ian Dodd completed a patient 60 for Wollaton, while Karl Glendenning made a fine 63.

The first ball of the final over went for six but Fazackerley held his nerve and had Alex King superbly caught by Clayfield. The next ball produced a run-out as the visitors were stranded five runs short on 249 all out.

Defending champions Clifton Village will be looking to get off to a flying start at home to Bassetlaw champions Kiveton Park Colliery at the Clifton Oval.

Clifton showed their strength by beating top Derbyshire side Ockbrook & Borrowash by six wickets in a pre-season friendly on the back of a century from Pasty Harris.

They have lost Simon Roberts to Papplewick but have been strengthened by the arrival of experienced Tom Lungley from Derbyshire, who is likely to bat at No.7.

Another former Derbyshire man, Dan Birch, will open the batting with the highly-rated Neil Weightman.

Wollaton, who have rebuilt their side after losing a number of key players, travel to West Indian Cavaliers.

Cavs again present formidable opposition spearheaded as they are by the former Surrey trio of Usman Afzaal, Alex Tudor and Pakistan legend Saqlain Mushtaq.

He is credited with inventing the doorsa and was the fastest man to 250 wickets in ODI's.

Saqlain played for Surrey from 1997-2004 and represented Ireland and Sussex before re-joining Surrey in 2007.

His international career was halted by a knee injury and in recent years he turned out for Old Whitgiftians and Syston Town in the Everards County League.

Mushtaq spent almost three years out of cricket while he promoted Islam in local communities.

He will also work in a coaching capacity with Cavs.

Papplewick and Linby are at home to Caythorpe. You can never discount Papplewick, even though they are likely to be without former England internationals Phil DeFreitas and Dean Hedley this season.

Other matches tomorrow see Kimberley Institute entertain Mansfield HM, while Cuckney travel to take on the Nottinghamshire Academy.

The Premier League Twenty/20 Cup has been scheduled for June 19.

Newcomers Kiveton Park CC and Belvoir have been drawn against each
other in a tough Group A.

Group A (at Clifton Village Cricket Club): Clifton Village v Notts Academy CC; Kiveton Park v Belvoir.

Group B (at Caythorpe Cricket Club): Caythorpe v Cuckney; Papplewick v West Indian Cavaliers.

Group C (at Welbeck Colliery Cricket Club): Welbeck v Kimberley; Mansfield Hosiery Mills v Wollaton.


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