CRICKET: Bradford stars for Market Rasen in wet weekend

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With heavy rain forecast for Friday night and early Saturday morning the likelihood of any cricket played over the weekend was slim.

ECB title contenders Bracebridge Heath made the short journey from Lincoln to Rase Park in the hope that the storms forecast would not be proved correct.

On a forbiddingly dark morning Bracebridge Heath won the toss and elected to put Market Rasen into bat. Opening the bowling with Matthew Carter and Brett Houston, Bracebridge got off to a positive start with the wicket of David Papworth (8) in the ninth over of the game after he chipped one back into the bowlers hands landing Matt Carter his first wicket..

Standing at 20 for 1 from 10 overs the match was interrupted by a rain shower. Unfortunately for all those involved in the game the shower turned into a storm that brought enough water onto Rase Park for the umpires to declare the pitch unfit and abandoned the game.

The same fate was also in store for the 2nd XI, whose trip to South Kelsey was short lived. No play was able to be had and the game was abandoned before a ball could be bowled.

Sunday thankfully brought better weather and with it the chance for a game for Market Rasen Sunday 1st XI who travelled away to Hartsholme.

Batting first Market Rasen got off to the worst possible start losing the opening wicket without having a run on the board. A further shaky start to the top order saw the loss of Tom Keast and Matt Travis in the early exchanges.

Needing to steady the team, Will Bradford looked to build a game winning innings with those around him. Market Rasen youngster Charlie Scales, batting at number five, allowed Bradford to take the majority of the strike and to push the score on for Rasen.

Racing to his 50 Bradford then accelerated the scoring further with some lusty blows to all parts of the ground.

Charlie eventually fell for a well fought 13 and this was quickly followed by Rutherford’s departure for zero. With only 2 overs remaining Market Rasen youngster Nic Keast produced a magnificent display of attacking batting.

Some opposition have underestimated the young cricketer this season, but his displays have proven him to be an important part of the senior section of the club.

From 8 balls faced Nic raced to 29 not out, this included reverse sweeping two fours and saving a mighty six for the very last ball of the innings. Although noteworthy, the performance of the day has to be given to Bradford who provided the backbone of the Rasen innings, carrying his bat on 104 not out.

Finishing on 192 for 5 from their 40 overs Hartsholme would have to produce some equally impressive batting displays if their chase was to be a success.

Hartsholme set about their task in competent fashion, scoring off loose deliveries from the opening bowlers and picking up quick singles when the opportunity arose. Rasen got the much needed breakthrough and began the turn the pressure up on the home side.

With wickets now coming at regular intervals, Hartsholme’s run rate was still high but with few overs remaining the target of 193 was firmly out of reach. M

arket Rasen youngsters Seb Darke and all rounder Nic Keast were the pick of the bowlers claiming five wickets between them and sealing the victory for Rasen. Hartsholme finished on 162 from their allotted 40 overs and

This weekend Market Rasen 1st XI make the difficult trip away to Market Deeping and the 2nd XI welcome Old Lincolnians to Rase Park.