CRICKET: Young Rasen seal best win of season

Young Market Rasen 2nds bowler Nick Keast in action during his spell of 2 for 33 against Barton Town 2nds at Rase Park.
Young Market Rasen 2nds bowler Nick Keast in action during his spell of 2 for 33 against Barton Town 2nds at Rase Park.

Bad weather meant that Market Rasen Cricket Club 1st XI had gone three weeks without a game before Saturday’s trip to Barton Town.

However, Matthew Rutherford’s young side look to have benefited from the break, romping to their most convincing win of the season to date.

Inspired by the 1sts’, the 2nds got in on the act, notching their first win since April against Barton Town 2nds and the Sunday 1st XI also romped to an easy win over Morton in the Lincoln League.

John Knapton inserted the 1st XI at Marsh Lane and Will Bradford, 56, and George Fussey, 96, made the home side’s captain regret his decision.

Bradford has moved steadily up the batting order during the course of the season and he repaid the faith shown in him with his maiden Premier Division 50.

However, it was the elegant left-hander, George Fussey, who stole the show with the bat, as the youngster cracked the ball to all parts of the vast Marsh Lane ground to enable Rasen to post 217 for 6 from their 50 overs.

Bradford, 1 for 31, and James Fussey, 1 for 10 from 6 overs, gave the visitors the start they wanted in the field, with Barton struggling from the off.

Once the lacquer was off the ball, Gary Bierlien, 3 for 20 from 11 overs, and Rutherford, 4 for 36, came into their own, spinning Barton to their doom, as the home side were bowled out for 99 to hand Rasen victory by 118 runs.

The 2nd XI batted first at Rase Park and were made to work for their runs by an honest Barton Town 2nds attack.

Jon Stephenson set the tone with a diligent 37 at the top of the order, but it was youngsters Sam Williams, 40, and Nic Keast, 28, who took the game away from the visitors.

The pair of teenagers put on 58 for the fourth wicket, with Williams then taking the score up to 163 for 5 with the hard-hitting Tom Bradford, 23. Rasen closed their 45 overs on 172 for 5.

Regs Koen opened the batting for Barton and the hard-hitting South African took an instant liking to Rasen’s opening bowlers, smashing 35 in quick time. Only the introduction of spinners Karl Bierlein and Nic Keast stopped the rot, with Keast defeating Koen in the air and cleaning the danger-man up. At 60 for 2, after 10 overs, Rasen appeared to have plenty left to do in order to win the game, but Bierlein and Keast had other plans. Between them, the spin duo took 8 for 58 off 29.4 overs, twirling Barton to 109 all out and a hefty defeat. Bierlein ended with the match-winning figures of 6 for 25, whilst Keast’s fine all-round display only emphasises the 13 year old’s undoubted talent.

Will Bradford scored his second fifty of the weekend for the Sunday 1st XI, as Rasen ran out winners over Morton by 89 runs in the Lincoln League. Whilst Bradford, 57, and Matt Rutherford, 73, were putting on 120 for the second wicket, Rasen looked likely to touch 300 at Rase Park. However, only Jon Stephenson, 32, was able to contribute in the middle order as Rasen posted a still considerable total of 224 for 9 from their 40 overs.

Steven Butroid did his best to save Morton’s blushes with a hard-hitting 58, but Rasen’s attack, led ably by youngster Liam Entwistle, 3 for 26, had too much for the visitors, with spinners Gavin Korytnickyj, 2 for 39, and Rutherford, 3 for 8, finishing the job.