CRICKET: Strong start for Market Rasen 2nds in push for promotion

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In the second part of the weekend’s double-header Market Rasen 2nd XI travelled to Grimsby for a Division Three clash.

With promotion in mind for this season Jono Stephenson would have wanted a strong performance to set the tone for Rasen’s season.

Batting first, Rasen opener George Fussey took the game by the scruff of the neck and propelled Rasen to 78 before Jono Stephenson was caught and bowled. With George having 58 of those runs to his name and a big score possibly in mind, George was caught going for one big shot too many and didn’t manage add anymore to his total.

Further support in the Rasen innings came from Rob Chamberlin and Tom Boryzczuk but the standout performance along with George came from Liam Scales.

The wicketkeeper batsmen provided the backbone of the Rasen middle order with some resolute batting. Liam passed the 50 mark, and as with George would have been disappointed not to add anymore to his total as he was dismissed on 52. A further cameo with the bat from Sam Williams carried Rasen over the 200 mark.

Finishing their innings on 205 for 8 from their 45 overs Rasen had posted a defendable score.

Opening the bowling for Rasen Rory Miller and Sam Williams got them off to the best possible start as they reduced Grimsby to 13 for 3.

The Grimsby middle order provided a stiffer challenge, taking the home side towards the 100 mark. Excellent bowling from Rasen bowler Liam Entwistle provided Rasen with huge contribution towards their victory and finished with brilliant opening day figures of 7 overs 2 for 12.

Never quite getting into the game Grimsby struggled to keep pace with the required run rate until the ninth wicket when Hayden and Harrison Trice began to find the boundary.

In search of the final wicket Rasen used all options with part-time bowlers Fussey and Stephenson attempting to lure the batsmen into late mistakes. With the light fading and a cold April night setting in Rasen were unable to find the breakthrough and Grimsby finished on 175 for 9.

Claiming 19 points from their opening game of the season Rasen will be pleased with standout batting and bowling performances.

The Market Rasen Sunday Team had a Division Two fixture at Rase Park against strong opponents Caythorpe.

Excellent bowling from Caythorpe meant that Rasen struggled to build any lasting partnerships and succumbed to 99 all-out. Top scorers were Charlie Scales (13), James Keast (14) and James Snell (18).

With bad weather looming, Caythorpe tried to finish the game quickly and as the rain came their batsmen bludgeoned their way to the total inside 15 overs. Wickets from James Quinlan and Dave Mason contributed to the Rasen performance.