CURRENT Lincoln and District Cricket Sunday League champions Market Rasen started the new season in convincing style with a crushing 166 run victory over Owmby in the Major Hoult Trophy.
Rasen, batting first on an easy paced pitch, immediately got Owmby on the back foot with opening pair Luke Robinson and Graeme Bell scoring freely from the first ball.
The pair put on 72 for the first wicket with Bell falling to Dan Clarke for 32.
The talented Robinson was joined by the dependable Laurence Scott and the runs continued to flow before Scott fell to the wily Deegan for 22 with the score on 122.
Skipper Rutherford entered the arena and promptly destroyed any spirit in the Owmby attack. A partnership of 83 was broken when Robinson fell for a classy 84 including 11 fours and two sixes.
Rutherford carried on the good work and closed the innings on 72 not out.
The total of 233 set by the Rasen batsman proved a mountain too high for Owmby, with only a stubborn innings from Brumby (38 not out) providing any resistance to the Rasen bowling attack.
Gary Bierlien, last year’s leading wicket taker in the Premier League, was the thorn in Owmby’s side with a superb spell of eight overs, four maidens, six for 12. It also included a brilliant hat trick with Clarke, Wyatt and Adams falling to the spin king.
Bierlien was ably assisted by new signing Will Bradford, who opened the attack with a tidy three for ten off six overs.
Skipper Rutherford commented “This was a great all round performance by the lads.
“I was pleased with the total we set which gave the bowlers something to aim at. The standards have been set for the season ahead.
“Special mention must go to Gaz (Bierlein) for the hat trick, but I was also pleased with Bradford who proved he is more than capable at this standard.”