CRICKET: Market Rasen batting remains the weak link

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After a wait of 12 weeks Market Rasen 1st XI were graced with sunshine and their first ECB home game of the season.

Market Rasen youngster Nick Keast was also making his debut at Rase Park after his impressive game last week earned him a recall.

Skegness were the lucky team to test the Market Rasen wicket and with that in mind Rutherford won the toss and elected to take advantage and bat first.

What seemed like the correct choice soon had Rasen wishing they were in the field, with the loss of four early wickets leaving them with less than 20 runs was uncharacteristic of the top order batsmen.

With the pressure now on the under-performing middle order they rose to the challenge to ensure a respectable total was achieved. Two key partnerships, firstly from Christie and Martin, who scored a free flowing partnership of 50, and this was helped along by Chamberlain and Fussey ensuring the tail sagged for Rasen.

Finishing on 124 all out, Rasen know that although the effort by the middle order is a source of improvement, team performances with the bat need to improve.

With the relatively small total set, Rasen’s bowlers knew that nothing but a fierce start would suffice. Early tight bowling from Martin and Fussey put Rasen in a position to take points. This was underlined as Skegness found themselves on 64-4 struggling to scores runs as Rasen’s fielders continued their excellent performances this season.

A fifth wicket partnership of 50 saw Skegness over the line in 40 overs and left Rasen ruing a missed opportunity. With a number of senior players missing, Rasen will go into next week’s game with renewed vigour and hope.

Market Rasen 2nd XI had a cup match awarded to them as a bye and a direct route into the quarter final of the George Marshall Cup. This follows opponents Haxey falsifying results in the previous round which resulted in them being thrown out of the tournament.

On Sunday, Market Rasen 1st XI travelled away to Heckington with captain Will Bradford absent on holiday. With a number of senior player unavailable the decision to bat first didn’t look to be a bad choice. Finishing on 144 from their 40 overs Rasen were pleased to post a competitive total.

In responsive Heckington capitalised on their home advantage and chased the total with room to spare within their allotted overs.

Better news was evident for the junior sides of the club as Market Rasen’s talented U15s won a hard fought game at Grimsby Town and their U10 counterparts also secured a fantastic mid-week victory at home to Bracebridge Heath.

Star turns from Nic Keast with the bat (51 not out) for the U15s and a tremendous bowling display from Isabel Turner, (3 wickets for 9 runs from 2 overs) for the U10s showed the senior sides how to win in style.

Next week Market Rasen 1st XI travel away to Grimsby Town CC and the 2nd XI welcome Cleethorpes CC to Rase Park.