MCKINNELS League Two champions Middle Rasen CC went into their final home game of the season looking to remain unbeaten at home and faced with Cherry Willingham this would be there toughest test of the season.
Richard Boryszczuk and Ivan Nash started the batting off and it looked to be going well for Middle, with both men settling in nicely until Boryszczuk snicked one behind and after a bit of juggling from the keeper was caught for 10.
Last week’s star bowler Darren Salmon was in at three and added 18 before being trapped lbw.
Kevin Salmon joined Ivan Nash at the crease and both men were going well, with Nash, who scored 100 the day before for Market Rasen, looking solid. But when he was on 22, he was bowled by Benyon.
Kevin Salmon’s recent resurgence with the bat was again coming to light, as Salmon dispatched the ball around the field rolling back the years on the way to his excellent 40, before being caught with Middle on 94-4.
Chris Potter soon followed; having played a beautiful off drive for four, he was caught the very next ball having played an awful shot straight to Tim Shooter.
Aaron Wells lasted just six balls before getting out and Tom Bradford had a 15 ball duck.
Dan Quinlan and Dan Norburn rallied for Middle towards the end of the innings, with Quinlan adding 25 not out and Norburn 17.
There was just enough time for Chris Janney to add nine runs to the score, including one huge six, meaning Middle ended their innings on 181-9.
Cherry Willingham knew Middle Rasen have an excellent bowling attack and had to get to work quickly.
Darren Salmon and Carl Robinson got things underway for Middle, but play only lasted five overs before the heavens opened and wiped out play for the day.
There was still time for captain Richard Boryszczuk and president Alan Pennell to get soaked in champagne as celebrations began for the champions
So Middle Rasen have completed their home fixtures for the season, finishing unbeaten at home in the league, and with two fixtures left – at Aswarby and Lindum – Middle will be looking to add to their impressive points tally.