Bradford fires Market Rasen Second XI to East Halton win

Rasen opener Will Bradford hit 34 against leaders Alford EMN-160407-174331002
Rasen opener Will Bradford hit 34 against leaders Alford EMN-160407-174331002

Market Rasen Second XI remained within four points of top spot after a 90-run away victory against East Halton on Saturday.

Rasen batted first and started badly with both openers falling early to leave them 14-2 after eight overs.

Dan Quinlan and Dale Chambers added 28 runs for the third wicket before Quinlan was well caught at point.

East Halton took further control as they restricted Market Rasen to 68-5 at the drinks break, but Simon Bunn and Gary Bierlein then put on 42 runs as they looked to set a defendable total,

Bierlein was brilliantly stumped for 18 as he looked to increase the run rate, bringing Will Bradford to the crease. He and Bunn smashed 81 in seven overs to give the visitors an excellent total of 190-6.

Bradford finished on 55 from 33 balls which included three fours and four sixes, while Bunn finished on a well-played unbeaten 36.

In reply, the hosts struggled against opening bowlers Dan Quinlan and Daniel Clark who bowled tight lines to restrict the home side to 45-3 off 14 overs.

Graham Clarke scored a well-made 26 for the home side as he looked to get East Halton to a respectable score.

But with the spin pair of Gary and Karl Bierlein, backed up by good fielding, Rasen never looked in trouble as they bowled East Halton out for 100.

Pick of the bowling was Gary Bierlein (4 for 17 off seven overs) and Clark (3 for 23 off 8.1 overs).

* Rasen Seconds visit Broughton for a 1.30pm start on Saturday.