Market Rasen Town Cricket Club 1st XI returned from their three week Lincolnshire League break and continued to march up the Premier Division table, rolling Nettleham over for 119 to win by 61 runs.
The 2nd XI found themselves on the end of a hefty eight wicket defeat to Third Division leaders Alford, whilst the Sunday 2nd XI went down by nine wickets to Nocton in the Lincoln League.
Batting first at Rase Park, the 1st XI found themselves in a hole against Nettleham. The top order again struggled, excepting 35 from Matt Rutherford, to leave Rasen 119 for 6. Tom Boryszcuk, 38, and David Papworth, 35 not out, righted the ship and enabled the hosts to post a score of 180 from their 50 overs.
Nettleham have been in decent form during the last couple of months, after a torrid start to the season, and will have fancied their chances of chasing down Rasen’s total.
Unfortunately, they ran into left-arm spinner Gary Bierlein who continued his fine season to claim 6 for 24 as Nettleham were bundled out for 119. Bierlein has now taken 36 wickets for the 1st XI this season.
The 1st XI now find themselves fifth in the Premier Division and, with games in hand on three of the top four, are well placed to move further up the table.
The 2nd XI had a less enjoyable trek out to Alford. Having won the toss and elected to bat, Rasen found themselves in trouble early on, as both openers fell with the score on 9. Darren Salmon scored an elegant 55 and Tom Bradford held the lower order together amidst the rain showers with 39 not out, but Rasen could only manage 177 for 7 from their 45 overs.
Alford also both lost openers early on, but that was as good as it got for Rasen as the experienced pair of Mark Irving and Neil Calvert put on 154 for the third wicket in quick time and saw the hosts over the line in the 29th over, with Irving only four short of his ton.
The Sunday 2nd XI batted first against Nocton and warmed up for their coming cup final with a woeful batting performance.
Only Charlie Scales and Nick Hawke emerged from their innings with any credit, as a callow effort with the willow saw the home side bowled out for 78.
Dylan Garfoot continued his fine form of late to thwack 61, before gifting Rasen a consolation wicket as Nocton ran away with a nine wicket win.
This weekend sees the 1st XI host top of the table rivals, Alkborough, 1pm start. The Sunday 1st XI host Premier Division champions-elect Lindum, whilst the Sunday 2nd XI head to Bracebridge Heath, to play Aisthorpe in the Major Hoult Cup Final, both 2pm starts.