With only one Saturday game scheduled Market Rasen 1st XI were confident that their first ECB home game of the season could avoid the weather.
Despite a monumental effort to prepare the ground the interruption of rain once again stopped any chance of play at Rase Park.
Sunday signaled the first local derby of the season between Market Rasen Sunday 1st XI and Middle Rasen Sunday XI.
With the ground basking in sunshine Market Rasen batted first on a wicket that held something for either side.
Middle Rasen got off to a fantastic start with Daniel Norburn bowling Matt Travis for a duck, which was quickly followed by Darren Salmon claiming the prized wicket of Tom Keast.
With the score at 2 for 2 off the first 7 overs Market Rasen were on the ropes looking for a partnership to steady the innings, and they found this in the shape of Rutherford and Darke. Capitalizing on good batting conditions Seb and Matt began cautiously mindful not to lose more wickets in the early stages of the game.
Middle Rasen continued to bowl a controlled line and looked to restrict the scoring where possible, an early chance to remove Rutherford was missed and Middle may look back on this as the turning point of the game.
Both batsmen progressed onto 50 with attacking stroke play and soon brought up the 100 partnership. Attempting to turn up the pressure, Rutherford played one attacking shot too many and was stumped attempting to dispatch R. Boryszczuk with some neat work from Tom Bradford behind the stumps.
On 133 for 3 with limited overs left, Market Rasen sent in pinch-hitter Laurence Scott to drive home their advantage. This was countered by Middle, who again bowled a good line to both batsmen restricting scoring opportunities.
Looking increasingly frustrated ,Laurence was dismissed with a smart caught and bowled opportunity by Dale Chambers for 8.
With only 5 overs remaining Rasen sent in youngster Tom Corden who welcomed the opportunity by scoring a quick-fire 26, which included 2 huge sixes.
Finishing their innings on 195 for 4 off 40 overs Market Rasen would have been pleased with the total set and the impressive form of Seb Darke who finished not out on 85, in an innings which contained 10 fours and 2 sixes.
Knowing that a good start would be instrumental in attacking a significant total Middle Rasen looked to begin cautiously.
Will Bradford opened the bowling for Market Rasen and after finding his range with his first few deliveries produced a good start for Rasen. Tom Corden completed the opening partnership and claimed the first wicket of the game as Aaron Wells chipped one to David Papworth at point.
This brought the father, son partnership of Kev and Darren Salmon to the crease as Middle looked to frustrate the Rasen bowlers.
Wickets began to fall at a consistent rate although runs were still coming through the bat of R. Boryszczuk (55) who remained the stalwart of the Middle innings.
Cameo’s from Potter (11), Chambers (18) and Wray (11) added to the total for Middle. An excellent spell of bowling from L. Enthwhistle and M. Rutherford claimed four wickets for Market Rasen and brought the Middle run chase to an end.
Finishing on 175 for 9 from their 40 overs Middle finished 20 runs short of the total, a win for Market Rasen will provide them with bragging rights from the first derby of the season.
At Rase Park Market Rasen Sunday 2nd XI welcomed Washingborough for a top of the table clash. After a great start to the season Market Rasen were hoping to build a title challenge.
Batting first Washingborough built a respectable total of 158 for 7 from their 40 overs, with conditions not favouring the batsmen, missing captain Adam Ramsey would have hoped to contain the Washingborough score further.
With a young looking bowling attack Market Rasen were relying on them to produce the wickets, and these came from Megan Quinlan, who registered fantastic figures of 10 overs 2 maidens 3 wickets for 29 runs.
In reply Rasen batted with vigour and were helped with a great innings from Liam Scales, who provided the bedrock for the concerted push for victory.
Unfortunately Rasen’s lower order failed to provide the support to help Liam find the final runs and eventually were bowled out only 22 short of the total.
Although finishing on the losing side, Rasen will be pleased with the performances of the junior members and continuing excellent form of Megan Quinlan.
This week see Market Rasen 1st XI travel away to Spalding and the 2nd XI will travelling away to Barton. Rase Park will be hosting the Sunday 1st XI with the arrival of Cherry Willingham.