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Lullington look to get Ticknall's Paul Borrington out before he can take out his frustrations

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Tom Sloan

MAN IN THE MIDDLE ... Richard Green will captain Lullington this weekend.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE ... Richard Green will captain Lullington this weekend.

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STAND-IN captain Richard Green is hoping that Lullington Park do not feel the wrath of an aggrieved Paul Borrington tomorrow.

Park host Ticknall, 12.30pm start, in a Derbyshire Premier League local derby.

Ticknall are expected to feature Borrington, 26, who was this week released by Derbyshire after more than 10 years with the county.

The opening batsman is due some runs after an indifferent season, even at league level, where he has amassed just 193 runs at 21.44 in 10 matches.

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"Ticknall are always a tough side to play against," said Green, captaining with Jonny Shales unavailable and vice-captain Paul Dawson recovering from a broken and dislocated thumb.

"Hopefully, Borrers won't be taking it out on us after his release from Derbyshire!"

Park badly need a win as they sit bottom of the table with seven games left.

But Green is refusing to panic and, with two games in hand on fellow strugglers Alfreton and Marehay, has some hope for Park as they sit 10 points adrift of safety.

"I would rather be in our position, even though we're bottom, because we've got those two extra games," he said.

"Alfreton beat Marehay last week, which was a good result for us.

"Anyway, if we do go down, like we've said all along, we'll deserve it because we haven't been good enough this season."

One ray of hope for Lullington is their bowling unit, which Green says is functioning well.

"Dawsy (Paul Dawson) will be a big miss for us, obviously," said the opening batsman and wicket-keeper of Park's top spinner, who has 25 wickets to his name in 2014. "But Graham Dent is bowling really well and Sando (Matt Sanderson) can step up and do Dawsy's bit – he's been bowling well too.

"We've all got to pitch in and stick together."

Dawson will be replaced by seam bowler Wayne Harris tomorrow, while the returning Jordan Watts replaces the unavailable Danny Gough.

"There have been a few people who've missed a lot of games this season," said Green, who leads Lullington's run-getters this season with 389 in the Premier League at an average of 29.92.

"I've not missed any, but will do in a couple of weeks when it's George Chapman's wedding.

"People being unavailable is something which can't be helped, but it does affect the team."

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