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Lullington grab a precious few points

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

By Colston Crawford

  • SO CLOSE ... anxious looks from batsman Trevor Smith as Lullington's Jonny Shales just fails to make a fantastic catch at second slip Picture Eric Gregory.

  • GOTCHA ... Ockbrook's Matt Cassar knows his fate as Graham Dent appeals for leg before

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LULLINGTON Park grabbed ten precious points before Saturday's deluge in what, for them, has become a survival battle in the Beechwood Mazda Derbyshire Premier League.

They had league leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash on the rack at 107-8 and, possibly, the morale boost of being on top in a game could prove as valuable as the points themselves.

Lullington's players wore smart new commemorative caps embroidered in memory of young club-mate Charlie Veale, who died recently. This was the first time they had played since his death.

They won the toss for a game already reduced to 32 overs by the overnight rain and, not surprisingly, captain Jonny Shales chose to bowl.

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He was rewarded immediately when young seamer Jordan Watts had stand-in opener Garret Rimmington leg before in the second over.

Alistair Dixon was soon comprehensively bowled by Dent, working up a head of steam down the hill and when Australian opener Josh Clarke slashed cross-batted at Watts in the sixth over, he edged to wicketkeeper Richard Green behind the stumps.

Lullington now had their tails up and without further addition, Matt Cassar was next to go for only two, leg before to Dent and Ockbrook were deep in trouble at 23-4 and staring down the barrel.

Trevor Smith and Corrie Keable effected a recovery of sorts, adding 39 for the fifth wicket.

Smith pulled and drove boundaries off Watts but also rode his luck with an edged four off the same bowler and also escaped when Shales made a spectacular but unsuccessful attempt to hold on to a high edge high to his left at slip.

However, the introduction of left-arm spinner Paul Dawson soon had Ockbrook on the slide again as the visitors reasserted some sort of control.

He saw a full toss put away for four by Smith but he had the left-hander leg before for 28 just ahead of the drinks break at 62-5 from 16 overs.

Four overs later, Jack Ratcliffe chipped back a simple caught and bowled chance.

Jacob Conners looked all at sea as Dawson turned several past his outside edge but Keable was the next to go.

He had glanced Matt Sanderson nicely to fine leg for four to reach 26 but he walked past one from Dawson and was comfortably stumped by Green.

Conners lifted Sanderson for six over mid on but skied the next ball high to mid off, where Joe Cain took the catch.

By then, though, dark clouds were approaching and once the rain started, the ground was completely under water in only ten minutes, ensuring there would be no further play and almost certainly letting Ockbrook off the hook.

Four bowling bonus points plus six for the abandoned game gave Lullington two more than relegation rivals Alfreton and four more than Marehay.

Those could prove to be valuable indeed in the final reckoning.

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