April showers led to both Market Rasen Saturday teams having their matches cancelled, with the 1st XI’s clash at home to local rivals Louth and 2nd XI away at Scunthorpe.
This meant the only games of the weekend were reserved for the Sunday teams, starting with 1st XI game at home to a strong Boston team.
Vice Captain James Fussey won the toss and elected to bat on a good track with the hope of setting a competitive target.
The early loss of L. Scott to a good length ball, which moved off the track and took his off stump, led to an difficult early spell for Rasen who were restricted to 38/4 off the first 15 overs.
With a pivotal moment of the game at hand, Market Rasen youngster Charlie Scales came to the crease and began what would be Rasen’s most potent partnership of the game with resolute opener Tom Keast.
With Charlie playing with ease, his batting partner Tom Keast was able to move through the gears and begin to push the score on. Tom, who is a member of the Nottinghamshire CCC Academy, showed his class and dispatched a number of powerful shots to all parts of the ground.
With a partnership of 59 both Tom and Charlie acquitted themselves fantastically well to move Rasen into a position of strength.
Attempting to punish a short of length ball, Tom will feel unlucky to have been caught on an impressive 76. Rasen finished on 157 for 5 from their 40 overs, with a feeling that they were probably short of a par score for the pitch.
Boston began their reply in a positive way and were not afraid in playing shots in the early overs. The opening bowling partnership of Penniston and Fussey produced three wickets and the score stood at 54 for 3 off 15 overs.
A change in the bowling saw Laurence Scott produce a magnificent display of bowling helping take Boston to 70 for 7 from 21 overs. In a position of strength Rasen were unable to close out the game, notably down to the efforts of Boston all-rounder T.Baxter who scored a quick fire 72 batting from number 8.
With 20 to win from the remaining 4 overs Baxter hit three sixes to take Boston over the finish line. Rasen will feel hard done by with an appeal for a stumping turned down to everyone’s astonishment.
With good performances again from Market Rasen’s youngsters they will feel confident that a successful season in the Premier League is within their grasp.
Market Rasen 2nd XI travelled away to North Hykeham in a Division 4 clash that saw a side mixed with youth and experience. Rasen batted first opening with the pair of Dan Quinlan and Niall Illingworth.
On a variable track Rasen lost early wickets to put themselves in a difficult position. Needing a batsmen to take charge Dan Quinlan produced an inspirational innings that saw him lead Market Rasen to a competitive 168 all out from 39.4 overs.
With little support from the Rasen middle order Dan produced a fantastic display of batting that saw him finish on 108 not out and give Rasen’s captain Adam Ramsey something to cheer.
In response, Hykeham lost two early wickets to the bowling of Martin West, who finished with potentially man of the match figures of 5-12.
In a close game that the mirrored the drama at Rase Park, Hykeham required nine runs to win from the final over.
Market Rasen bowler James Quinlan was handed the responsibility and duly obliged by taking the final wicket of the Hykeham innings and leading Market Rasen 2nd XI to their opening win of the season.
With an overcast weekend almost washed out by the rain Market Rasen youngsters Tom Keast and Dan Quinlan gave their respective teams individual performances that both should be proud of.
This Saturday will see Market Rasen 1st XI travel to Bracebridge Heath and the 2nd XI will be at Rase Park welcoming South Kelsey.