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Cricket: Lullington Park v Sandiacre preview

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By David Broome

CONFIDENCE BOOST ... Lullington's Jordan Watts is  congratulated by team-mates after taking the wicket of Ockbrook's Joshua Clarke last weekend

CONFIDENCE BOOST ... Lullington's Jordan Watts is congratulated by team-mates after taking the wicket of Ockbrook's Joshua Clarke last weekend

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JONNY Shales says Lullington Park will have no-one to blame but themselves if they get relegated from the Derbyshire Premier League this season, but is confident his side can still avoid the drop.

They currently sit second-from-bottom in the table, but have a game in hand and are only two points from safety.

It is not the position skipper Shales was expecting his side – who he says have top-four potential – to be in.

"We know we can play cricket," he said.

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"We've got the talent in our team to be challenging, and we should have been looking at a top-four finish.

"It just hasn't worked out for us and if we get relegated, we'll deserve it.

"We'll have no-one to blame but ourselves."

They have another tough task tomorrow, as they host second-placed Sandiacre at Edingale Lane.

"We've got a string of difficult games," said Shales, whose side faced top-of-the-table Ockbrook & Borrowash in last weekend's ultimately abandoned game.

"We've just got to go and get what we can. We've got nothing to lose, so we will be going for the win in every match, not playing for a losing draw. Hopefully that will help us to play the sort of cricket we are capable of."

Shales also hopes his side can draw confidence from last week's match, even though the weather denied them the result they were hoping for.

The match had already been reduced to 32 overs each, and the Park had their title-chasing hosts at 101-8 in the 30th, having previously kept them at 88-7.

"We bowled how we know we can and we were in a really good position," said Shales.

"We knew if we could keep them under 150, we would have a great chance, but as it was we only got the bonus points.

"That was disappointing, but you've just got to take it.

"We bowled really well, with some aggression, and we fielded with intent to put pressure on Ockbrook.

"Hopefully we can build on that against Sandiacre."

Lullington will once again be missing key bowler Danny Gough, but Shales was impressed by the form of stand-in opening attack Graham Dent and Jordan Watts, who took 2-23 and 2-34 respectively against Ockbrook.

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