MISFIRING Hucknall’s topsy-turvy start to the new season continued with a sorry defeat against struggling bogey team Ellerslie.
Ellerslie had not won any of their opening four matches in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
But they took advantage of a poor performance by Hucknall to thrash them by nine wickets.
Amazingly, the locals have yet to win or draw a game of any description at Ellerslie’s Little Bounds ground and have not secured an outright victory over them anywhere since 2001.
The only plus point was the return to form of skipper Robin Maxwell, who made 83. Indeed with Maxwell at the crease, things were going quite well for Hucknall as they battled to 67 for one in the opening 12 overs.
However, they went downhill from the moment home bowler Peter Vladev secured a double wicket-maiden in his first over en route to figures of three for 28 from seven.
Vladev bowled opener Andy Carden for 17 before trapping Scott Harris lbw for nought and although man-of-the-match Maxwell remained, support at the other end was thin on the ground.
Conditions required caution but the middle-order were not inclined to get their heads down and instead of graft, too much gung-ho left Hucknall sliding towards an undistinguished total, with the likes of Richard Greatorex, Scott Guthrie, Max Thompson and Tim Buckthorpe all persishing cheaply.
In all, nine wickets fell for only 89 runs, including that of Maxwell, who was seventh man out on 132 after an excellent 76-ball innings spiced with three sixes and 12 fours.
Josh Buckley did add 17 but the fact that Hucknall’s final wicket fell with fully 15 overs remaining tells its own condemnatory story.
The other Ellerslie bowlers to cash in were Jurgen Charlesworth (three for 48 in nine overs), Will Shields (two for 20 in five) and Tariq Mahmood (two for 37 in nine).
When the home side replied, Hucknall were given the briefest of lifelines as Buckley (one for 32 in 10.1 overs) bowled opener Kane Wilson for a duck.
But they were soon backpedalling amid an unbroken partnership worth 149 between Ellerslie skipper John Wakeling and Daniel Mierkalns.
Former Papplewick and Linby man Wakeling, who is renowned for his dogged determination on awkward tracks, made 71 not out (ten fours) from 105 balls, while Mierkalns thumped 61 not out (one six and 11 fours) from 84 balls to ease their team to their target by the 34th over.