Cricket: Tricky test awaits struggling Bignall End
BOTTOM of the table and without a win in six games, the last thing you need is a visit from the unbeaten leaders.
But that's the scenario facing Bignall End as front-runners Newcastle and Hartshill arrive at Boon Hill.
The odds are stacked heavily against Bignall End, who find themselves 21 points from safety, despite the best efforts of veteran batsman Kim Barnett.
Barnett has led the batting resistance, while Castle skipper Andy Whitehead has a wealth of match-winners at his disposal.
Sri Lankan seamer Sampath Kalum and Muhammed Fayaz have turned in great performances in recent weeks to keep their side 37 points clear.
Caverswall are leading the chase and they entertain Weston looking to close the gap.
They suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of the leaders last weekend, but will arguably be more concerned about keeping their closest rivals at arm's length.
Weston, in fourth, are 13 points shy of tomorrow's opponents, despite slipping to defeat by Kidsgrove last Saturday.
Third-placed Alsager also failed to pile the pressure on the promotion places when they were beaten by Stafford last weekend.
Ollie Sadler's side will attempt to bounce back by plundering the points from a home clash with struggling Oulton.
The visitors, under the captaincy of Tom Spruce, have struggled this season and currently sit second-from-bottom.
They were thumped by nine wicket by Ashcombe Park last weekend to leave themselves eight points from salvation.
Ashcombe Park's victory, inspired by Rizwan Haider's five wickets, kept them in fifth place and in with genuine hopes of bustling their way into the promotion berths.
Steve Proffit and Co have the familiar surroundings of Basford Bridge Lane to aid their push for another win as they welcome Woore.
The visitors have hit something of a slump to slip down to ninth after winning promotion last season.
They will look to the likes of experienced duo Mark Bengry and Andy Kenvyn to kick-start a winning run.
West Indian Steve Liburd struck a century for Rode Park and Lawton in last week's draw with Bignall End.
And more of the same wouldn't go amiss when they host Eccleshall, whose own overseas star, Pradeep Jayaprakasdaran, impressed against Woore last weekend.
Mid-table Kidsgrove and Stafford are also set to meet, with both sides knowing a winning run could still leave them having a say in how affairs at the top pan out.