CRICKET: Difficult opening weekend for youthful Market Rasen teams

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Market Rasen 1st XI travelled away to Woodhall Spa in their opening ECB game of the season.

On a good, flat track and with a 30 minute delay to the start time, captain Matt Rutherford won the toss and elected to bat first.

Woodhall’s opening paceman Ben O’Brien struck early, claiming the wicket of Matt Travis in the first over with a quick ball that nipped back in off the seam and took Travis’s off-stump.

This brought Seb Darke to the crease who enjoyed a second wicket partnership of 40 with Will Bradford.

With a fierce display of short bowling Seb played his way majestically to an unbeaten 31 before being adjudged to have gloved one to first slip.

Having had to call for a replacement helmet Rutherford will be pleased with the mature display from Seb who acquitted himself fantastically under a hostile attack from Woodhall’s pace contingent.

From a competitive position of 45-1 Market Rasen’s middle order provided little resistance to Woodhall.

Captain Rutherford will be pleased to have seen good early season form from a resilient Graeme Bell before Rasen finished with a disappointing total of 116 all out from 41 overs.

In reply Rasen opened up with Ryan Penniston and James Fussey.

With a small total to defend early wickets were needed and with no breakthrough after 9 overs Rutherford rung the changes bringing himself and Borsyzczuk into the attack.

Woodhall’s openers moved swiftly to 74-0 until Boryszczuk made the breakthrough with a mature display of spin bowling. A high top edge was caught nearly at square leg by Seb Darke. Another late Boryszczuk wicket brought Aussie ace Ben O’Brien to the crease, who saw Woodhall over the line in 22 overs.

Although a comfortable victory for Woodhall. Rasen can take away many positives for this week’s home clash with Louth.

With a number of batsmen looking comfortable at the crease only to fall to poor shot selection, and with the notably mature performance of Seb Darke, Rasen will hope to post some higher scores this coming Saturday.

Market Rasen’s 2nd XI began their promotion chasing campaign in the Lincolnshire County League Third Division against fellow new boys Nettleham at Rase Park.

On a sunny spring day the setting provided an excellent backdrop for the opening game of the season.

Electing to bat first Rasen began positively, but their opening batsmen struggled early on to form any partnership of note.

1st team hopeful Paul Martin played his way to a confident 69 before Nettleham claimed his wicket.

Posting a score of 156 Rasen missed the opportunity of taking advantage of a good wicket to score runs on. In reply Nettleham played with confidence and chased the total with the loss of two wickets.

Overall a difficult opening weekend for Market Rasen, but with stand out performances from their young players Rasen can be confident that the coming weeks will bring a better return.