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Cricket: Lullington Park hold high-flying Ticknall

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

By John Wallis

RULED OUT ... Lullington bowler Graham Dent limped out of the attack with a back injury.

RULED OUT ... Lullington bowler Graham Dent limped out of the attack with a back injury.

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A DEPLETED Lullington Park side earned a creditable draw against high-flying Ticknall to move off the foot of the Premier Division table.

Paul Borrington, acting captain, won the toss for the visitors and elected to bat. He opened with Tom Wood, who went off like an express train, scoring 36 of a partnership of 44 before Dent trapped Borrington lbw for eight.

It was Park's last success for 83 minutes as Wood and Luke Harvey added 110.

Wood slowed down but Harvey, searching for form in a poor season by his standards, scored heavily.

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Park felt they had him caught behind but the umpire thought otherwise.

Wood went next bowled, by Matt Sanderson for 70.

Eddie Ikin joined Harvey and the pair plundered an attack missing two of its three quality spinners in the shortly to be married George Chapman and the injured Paul Dawson.

To add to the problem, Graham Dent limped off with a back injury which could finish his season, leaving Sanderson as the only bowler with much experience as Danny Gough was also unavailable.

Harvey reached a first century of the season off 113 balls but was bowled in the penultimate over for 118 by the rare off spin of Martin Walters, leaving Ikin 44 not out in a formidable total of 257-4.

Park started well, reaching 89 before Jamie Goodwin (33) miscued the spin of Eddie Ikin to Tom Wood running back from slip.

Shortly afterwards a rain break did Park no good.

Richard Green had looked in superb form, producing some breathtaking driving.

However Andrew Goodwin continued a run of poor form, hitting Mark Turner to Borrington at extra cover for one.

There followed controversy. Turner seemed to lose his run up and be about to run through the crease berating himself loudly.

Green took a step back and was surprised when Turner released the ball. Instinctively holding out his bat he nicked the ball to young keeper James Sookias and was given out.

Protests caused the umpires to confer but the decision was confirmed without asking the Ticknall skipper whether he wished to withdraw the appeal. Green had made 59.

Matt Sanderson hit a full toss from his erstwhile mate Ikin to Zain Abbas without scoring.

Park's hopes rested with Martin Walters, who made 49 not out.

Cameos from Tom Caron (16) and former Leicester Tiger Joe Cain (11) nudged the score towards four batting bonus points and three draw points.

Wayne Harris and Bill Arnold fell to Shahid Khan and Turner respectively.

With the injured Dent only going to bat if absolutely necessary, 18-year-old Jordan Watts survived 10 balls, mostly from Turner bowling at great pace, and a single from him in the final over ensured nine valuable points.

Park face champions Swarkestone at Edingale Lane next devastated by injuries, holidays and wedding unavailability and will need all the grit and determination they can muster in the continuing battle against relegation.

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