MARKET Rasen Town Cricket Club’s spinners picked up 14 wickets in the two league matches played at Rase Park this weekend.
Gavin Korytnickyj was the star, bagging 7 for 17 for the Sunday 2nd XI against Nocton to lead Rasen’s young side to their first Lincoln League win of 2011.
Korytnickyj’s efforts followed up a vital win for the 2nd XI on Saturday over promotion rivals Alford 2nds.
And an excellent weekend was rounded off by the Ladies 1st XI playing their first 30-over match at Grantham against Ibstock.
Unfortunately, the Sunday 1st XI’s match at Heckington was lost to the weather, but with Boston 1sts’ match also abandoned, Rasen are still in the hunt for the championship, with the men from the Mayflower visiting Rase Park this weekend.
The 2nd XI went into their encounter with Alford 2nds on Saturday knowing that anything less than victory would quash their promotion dreams for this season and the side responded with a dominant all-round performance.
Rasen won the toss and invited Alford to have a bat. On a track that offered movement off the seam and turn from the off, but also offered the batsmen full value for their shots, the visitors struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However, Dave Honman, 38, and Kevin White, 33, dug in resolutely and had taken their side to 64 without loss at drinks.
Alford’s safety-first approach continued after the break and whilst Andy Richley was able to lure Honman into slapping a delivery straight to Joe Stephenson at mid-on, his replacement, Paul Nickson, was more than happy to carry on in the same vein.
Rasen rang the changes with the ball, but it wasn’t until Rasen turned to spin at both ends that wickets finally began to fall consistently, with Luke Richards, 3 for 31, and Richley, 4 for 52, claiming the only dismissals.
Alford’s innings closed on 145 for 7 from their 45 overs, which looked well below par at tea and so it proved.
Rasen’s top order all contributed to knock the runs off in the 31st over, for the loss of only four wickets.
Andy Richley’s rapid 52 set the tone and Darren Salmon, 29, and Ivan Nash, 26 not out, sealed the deal as Rasen romped home to a six wicket win.
The result means that a convincing win over Holton le Clay 2nds next week will leave Alford having to win their last two matches to pip Rasen to promotion.
The Sunday 2nd XI entertained Nocton at Rase Park in a rain-affected, but glorious, match, which saw the young side win by 60 runs, notching their first Lincoln League win in the process.
Rasen batted first and continued their fine form of recent weeks with the bat, posting 174 all out. Liam Scales’ 58 led the way and he found support throughout the order.
Following Rasen’s last couple of outings with the ball Nocton might have been expected to have got close to the home side’s total, but Gavin Korytnickyj ensured that the result would never be in doubt with his flight and guile capturing 7 for 17; the day’s best bowling figures in the Lincoln League, and the second-best bowling figures in the league this season.
Shaun French’s young side still prop up Division Four of the Lincoln League, but they are now only four points behind Bardney, who they visit next week. The Ladies 1st XI played their first 30-over match on Sunday at Grantham, against Ibstock, from Leicestershire.
Rasen batted first and posted 121 for 7, Rachel Dyer knocking 30, Catherine Fussey 22 and Kate Miller 14. Having put a competitive total on the board Rasen worked tirelessly in the field and forced Ibstock to dig in and grind out the win, with the Leicestershire side only knocking the runs off in the 28th over to win by six wickets.
The club would like to thank Grantham Cricket Club for hosting the match and congratulations to the ladies on an excellent first outing.
This weekend sees a full slate of fixtures for the club’s senior sides. The 1st XI head to Alkborough 2nds looking to finish their victorious Lincolnshire League campaign undefeated.
The 2nd XI host Holton le Clay 2nds in a game that both sides have to win convincingly if either wish to be promoted. Both matches start at 1pm.
On Sunday the 1st XI host Boston 1sts, in a game Rasen must win in order to keep their title hopes alive and the 2nd XI head to Bardney looking to follow-up last weekend’s success and avoid the wooden spoon.
Both matches start at 1.30pm.
And finally, there will be a Ceillidh at Rase Park on Saturday September 24, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 per person.