CRICKET: Market Rasen Sunday 1sts close with hard fought draw at champions Lindum

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With the dark nights drawing in so does the end of the cricket season for Market Rasen Town Cricket Club.

Both Saturday teams closed their respective seasons over a week ago and this left only the Sunday 1st XI to close out their Premier League season at newly crowned champions Lindum.

Captain Will Bradford had recently hit a rich vein of form for both Saturday and Sunday 1st XI’s and hoped to continue this as the team travelled the short distance to the Bailgate in Lincoln.

With Lindum already confirmed as league champions the impetus of the game struggled to find its feet until the closing stages.

Batting first, Rasen put together a fine 167 for 8, with batting changes made to the top of the order it was left to Bradford and Matt Rutherford to put together a partnership of 65 for the 10th wicket.

With the Lindum attack bolstered by Wright, who finished with 4-36 off his seven overs, Rutherford managed an impressive 46 not out.

Starting well, Lindum put together 54 for the second wicket and were looking to cruise to a victory.

Rasen changed gear toput the pressure on in the closing stages. The Keast brothers produced four wickets between them, but the unlikely bowling hero of the day was George Fussey.

The spindly legged apprentice farmer produced a scintillating display of spin bowling which left the Lindum batsmen befuddled as he walked away with figures of 2-11 off his 8 overs.

The game came to a brilliant finish as Lindum could only draw level and produced the only tie of a great Sunday league season.

After a long season the Sunday XI finished with a run of four wins, a tie and a loss from their remaining six matches. This pulled the team into strong mid table finish in the league and reflected the talent that’s held within the side.