Lincs ECB Premier: Market Rasen collapse at Bracebridge Heath

Market Rasen First XI before their Lincolnshire ECB League game with Louth, from left, back - James Fussey, Dan Quinland, James Quinland, Graeme Bell, Dale Christie; front - Ian Williams,David Papworth, Matthew Rutherford, Liam Scales, Charlie Scales. EMN-150824-163533002
Market Rasen First XI before their Lincolnshire ECB League game with Louth, from left, back - James Fussey, Dan Quinland, James Quinland, Graeme Bell, Dale Christie; front - Ian Williams,David Papworth, Matthew Rutherford, Liam Scales, Charlie Scales. EMN-150824-163533002
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Market Rasen face a crucial home clash with Lindum on Saturday after slipping to within 13 points of the relegation trapdoor on Saturday.

The First XI took three points from one of the toughest trips of the Lincolnshire ECB Premier Division season at title-challenging Bracebridge Heath.

With a green-looking wicket, Rasen captain Matt Rutherford won the toss and elected to field first, hoping the hint of green would produce early results for his bowlers.

The opening pair of James Fussey and Ryan Penniston duly obliged, and continuing his excellent form this season, Fussey had the Bracebridge batsmen in trouble from ball one.

He claimed the prized wicket of Paul Cook with the score on nine as the Bracebridge captain failed to get to grips with the swing and played onto his own stumps.

Early movement on the wicket helped increase the pressure and Penniston struck soon after to reduce Bracebridge to 20-2.

Fussey found some away swing and a rash shot from Brett Houston saw him caught at second slip by Penniston with the score on 20-3.

Unrelenting in their attacking play, Bracebridge lost their fourth wicket when Vikram Atri top-edged a pull shot and only found the gloves of Liam Scales as Rasen had the hosts wobbling on 49-4.

The afternoon sun was drying the wicket in quick time and sapping the energy of the bowlers as Bracebridge put together the best partnership of the day.

An 88-run stand from Hymie Bentley and Kit Spence took Bracebridge to 137-5, but a concerted effort from Rasen broke the partnership as Fussey returned to claim his third wicket.

From here Rasen took wickets at pace and will feel unlucky not to have claimed all 10 wickets. Rutherford claimed his usual bag of wickets, ending with 3 for 63 from 14 overs as the Bracebridge innings closed on 221-8 from their 50 overs, falling short of an additional batting bonus point.

Rasen’s reply started badly as Papworth was removed with the score on six and Bradford followed shortly after as Rasen reached 27-2.

Suffering the effects of the afternoon sun, Seb Darke dropped down the order and Charlie Scales was promoted to number three.

While other batsmen dropped around him, Scales compiled a mature and confident innings of 38 from 81 balls until his knock was brought to an end by Matt Carter as he attempted to push the score on and get Rasen to three figures.

Bowled out for 81, Rasen missed a vital opportunity to score additional batting points and dropped one place in the league with three games left.

Saturday’s match with mid-table Lindum gets under way at noon at Rase Park.