Market Rasen fall short at Market Deeping

Market Rasen lost their unbeaten record in Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League as they made their longest journey of the season to Market Deeping on Saturday.

Matt Rutherford won the toss and elected to field first on a difficult track and a notoriously small outfield.

Bradford and Penniston opened the bowling with the former claiming his first wicket in the third over. With Penniston struggling to find his line, Rutherford changed the bowling early on and brought himself on with support from Paul Martin.

As Rasen struggled to create chances, Deeping began to find their range as David Gillett and Alex Wheatley put on 97 for the second wicket.

Rutherford eventually broke through, and Rasen tried to exert additional pressure, but again came up against stoic Deeping batting.

Gillett passed the century mark after 45 overs, but Rasen enjoyed their most fruitful spell, claiming three wickets for 30 to boost their bowling points, and felt unlucky not to have claimed all 10.

There were stand-out bowling performances from Paul Martin and Darren Salmon who took four wickets between them.

But Rutherford will ask more of his team in the field as their usual high standards slipped.

In an eerie comparison to last season’s game, Rasen started their chase well before they reverted back to last season’s worrying batting form and lost wickets in small, but quick, patches.

Partnerships between Martin and Charlie Scales, followed by Christie and Rutherford, demonstrated the only fight from the batting line-up.

A very slow display of bowling from Deeping meant it took the home side nearly three hours to bowl 30 overs.

Rasen were all out for 124, a run shy of an additional batting point to lose by 117 runs, but the manner of defeat will be more of a concern.

Needing to marry confidence with an attacking intent, Rasen may have felt over-confident following their impressive start to the 2015 season, but Rutherford will know that this mindset will change for Saturday’s game at home to Bourne.