Ladies make their mark

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NOT content with a successful season in the Lincolnshire and Lincoln cricket leagues, not to mention the U13s winning the County Cup to cap a successful junior season, Market Rasen Town Cricket Club’s Ladies 1st XI are now getting in on the act.

Kate Miller took her enthusiastic side to Grantham Cricket Club, to play Ibstock Town from Leicestershire at the start of September, in their first ever 30 overs-a-side match.

Rasen won the toss and lost little time in deciding to make first use of another decent batting track at Gorse Lane.

Miller’s side did not let her down, posting 121 for 7 from their 30 overs.

Rachel Dyer, 30, and Catherine Fussey, 22, scored the bulk of the side’s runs, adding 51 for the third wicket to build on a gritty start from the skipper, Miller, who ground out 14 overs for the team to lay a solid foundation for the middle-order dashers.

Rasen worked tirelessly to defend their total against an experienced Ibstock Town line-up and took the game into the 28th over, before losing by six wickets.

Karen Aisthorpe, 2 for 14 from four overs, and C. Harris-Raven, 1 for 22 from six overs, were the wicket-takers and they received excellent support from Dyer, 0 for 9 from five overs, and R. Harris-Raven, 0 for 21 from six overs and a run out.

Hot on the heels of their 30-over debut at Grantham, the club hosted the third of Lincolnshire Ladies 2011 Cricket Festivals on Wednesday September 7.

In spite of the overcast conditions and it being late in the season, more than 20 players turned out at Rase Park to take part in coaching and a pairs match that saw everyone get an opportunity to bat and bowl.

Under the careful guidance of coaches Neil Wheeler and Mark Robinson, and with encouragement from all at the club, the Ladies have developed rapidly in 2011 and will be looking to make their mark on the county, and beyond, in 2012.