Hibaldstow promoted as Market Rasen batting fails

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Market Rasen Second XI’s Lincs County League promotion hopes were dashed at title-chasing Hibaldstow on Saturday.

Winning the toss, Rasen batted first and this looked a good decision as the openers moved the score to 20-0. But an unfortunate trend which has hampered the team this season continued as they could not find the batting strength to post a meaningful score to defend.

Chambers and Higgins, with support from Clarke, reached double figures, but the away side were bowled out for 82 in 32.1 overs.

Looking to make the task of reaching 83 as difficult as possible, Rasen opened with Clarke and Quinlan, but struggled to find the vital early breakthroughs.

Captain Sam Williams took the game into his own hands and brought himself into the attack with the score on 23-1.

A brilliant spell of seven overs bagged four wickets for only 14 runs as the Hibaldstow batsmen failed to get to grips with his swing bowling.

With more runs to defend, Williams would have likely collected more wickets, but the hosts reached the target in a little more than 25 overs, picking up 20 points which clinched promotion to Division Two.

Rasen host Barton on Saturday at 1pm.