It was eventful week at Rase Park culminating in the 2nd team fixture having to be postponed whilst the club recovered from the affects of the previous weekend’s flood.
The 1st XI made the long journey to Market Deeping to play on a scorching day with a number of the senior players missing due to prior commitments.
Losing the toss, Rasen were put into field against a strong Market Deeping batting attack. The opening bowling attack of Penniston and Darke looked to make early inroads and this came in the very first over as Penniston clean bowled opener Jamie Morgan for a duck.
With Rutherford and Boryszczuk missing for Rasen the seam bowlers were tasked with the majority of the days overs.
A second wicket partnership put Market Deeping back into the game before Seb Darke made the breakthrough, finding the edge of Chris Jones’s bat giving Matt Travis a difficult catch at gully which he held.
Having fought through the mid-afternoon sun Seb Darke claimed the wicket of danger man Thomas Andrews, who had hit a blistering 62. This brought Market Rasen youngster Nic Keast into the attack.
Looking for wickets, Rasen ensured that the pressure on Deeping was unrelenting. Keast bowled a wonderful spell of considered spin in which he captured four excellent wickets.
Restricting Market Deeping to 230 all out from 49.3 overs may have seemed a large score, but on a flat track in the baking sunshine Rasen were pleased with their first half effort.
A number of changes to the batting line-up saw the returning Matt Travis and Market Rasen youngster Charlie Scales open the batting.
Market Deeping’s opening bowlers looked to exert early pressure and this paid dividends as Matt Travis was trapped on his crease and clean bowled by Lee Peacock.
In a sad reflection of the season so far for the Market Rasen batsmen a firm partnership was never established in search of the target set by Market Deeping. Brief resistance was attained by David Papworth and Charlie Scales. The mood was lifted by 16-year-old Paul Martin who following his bowling exploits dispatched a crowd pleasing 33 before falling into the trap of a man out in the deep.
With Seb Darke suffering from the intense heat at Deeping, he was the last batsmen out as Rasen capitulated for 88 all out inside 30 overs.
Plaudits must be handed out to the Market Rasen youngsters who played with maturity and confidence as Nic Keast registered his best bowling performance for the 1st XI and Paul Martin showed the batting form that will assure him of a big score at some stage this season.
Despite picking up vital points for claiming all 10 Deeping wickets, focus must be concentrated on the batting line-up should Rasen expect to mount a successful surviving challenge coming into the closing stages of the season.
This week see’s Market Rasen 2nd XI travel away to Outcasts CC and the Ladies XI will play Spalding CC at Rase Park on Saturday.