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Cricket: Lullington Park no match for Sandiacre

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

SHATTERED ... Lullington Park's Graham Dent is spectacularly bowled by Ryan McFadyean, of Sandiacre.

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LULLINGTON Park remain in deep trouble in the Derbyshire Premier League as they lost by four wickets to title-chasing Sandiacre Town at the Park.

It was all too easy for the visitors as they dismissed the hosts for 160 and then cruised to a comfortable victory.

It was an opening partnership of 117 between ex-Derbyshire batsman James Chapman (50) and overseas pro Mitch McCann (65) which anchored the Sandiacre victory, helped by some sloppy ground fielding from Park as they wilted in the heat.

Matt Sanderson broke the partnership, bowling Chapman as he went for a big hit to celebrate his 50. The same bowler had Ollie Swann, who scored two centuries against Park in 2013, stumped by Richard Green for four.

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Jonny Shales turned to Bill Arnold's brisk seamers and the youngster got him two wickets. He bowled McCann and then had Rob Cook brilliantly stumped by Green off a leg side wide for four.

The result however was never in doubt and Curtley Read and Andy Rhodes saw Sandiacre home with 15 overs to spare.

Earlier, Park lost skipper Shales to the second legitimate ball of the innings, caught by Chapman at slip off his opposite number Dan Wheeldon.

Green looked in good form, lifting Wheeldon for a six and two fours. He lost two partners with the score on 38. Andrew Goodwin was palpably lbw to Ryan McFadyean for 12 and crucially Martin Walters lasted only two balls, playing back to one that kept low and shattered his stumps.

Sanderson joined Green and the best partnership of the innings (44) took Park to 82 before Green chipped Marius Conway Jones to Rhodes at mid wicket, departing five short of what would have been a very good half century.

Amazingly, Conway-Jones bowled his seamers for 15 straight overs in the intense heat, taking 4-39 and earning him the man of the match award from umpires Price and Cannon.

He had Sanderson caught by Cook for 26 and Tom Caron snaffled by Chapman at slip for seven.

This catch brought Chapman's tally to ten in three matches against Lullington – certainly one of the best slippers in the League.

Spin from John Trueman and Cook brought no success so Wheeldon turned back to McFadyean and himself.

Wheeldon could not find his radar from the Church end, conceding six leg side wides but had immediate success when he followed Conway-Jones at the Clifton end, having Arnold caught for ten.

McFadyean induced Paul Dawson (13) to loft to Ollie Swann and sent Graham Dent's stumps flying in spectacular fashion before the big fast bowler could register a run.

Ex rugby star Joe Cain was looking good with two enormous sixes in his 33 not out but he ran out of partners as Wheeldon had Jordan Watts caught for a single to wrap up the innings.

At least four points was more than rivals Alfreton and Marehay achieved but Park go to Spondon next week knowing that a win is vital before tough home matches against Ticknall and Swarkestone as holidays and weddings make their mark on player availability.

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