Market Rasen CC: Freeman fires as Seconds ease past Brigg

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Market Rasen Second XI stayed top of Limncolnshire County league Division Three with a maximum points haul on Saturday.

The home side were without their injured captain Jono Stephenson for the visit of Brigg Town to Rase Park.

Rasen bowled first and opened with Dan Clarke and Liam Entwistle who began well, the latter capturing the opener to reduce Brigg to 9-1.

But this signalled the beginning of Brigg’s ascent as they built three strong partnerships in a row and pushed their score along.

On a difficult day for the bowlers, Rasen looked to change things up frequently, and when youngsters Rory Miller and Luke Freeman struggled to get on top, stand-in captain Ian Williams turned to Lee Freeman for some inspiration.

Freeman’s spell of five wickets in 11 overs changed the game as Brigg’s final five wickets fell for only 25 runs.

Having been looking at a potentially imposing run chase, the home side restricted the chase to only 189 and were in the driving seat.

Freeman was unable to produce an equally impressive batting performance and made only four.

This allowed Williams and Quinlan to reignite their productive partnership, adding 40 pulsating runs before Quinlan was bowled by Brigg medium pacer Tom Brock.

Williams led from the front with a captain’s innings as Rasen upped the run rate to chase down Brigg’s total.

Putting on 116 runs for the third wicket, Williams and Clarke took the home side to within a few solitary runs of victory before the skipper was trapped in front for a brilliant 83.

Clarke and Richards took the hosts across the line to capture the full 20 points.