Market Rasen hold Old Lincolnians to thrilling tie

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Market Rasen’s Sunday XI returned to action last weekend against league leaders Old Lincolnians at Lincoln’s Christ Hospital School.

Returning players Seb Darke, Charlie Scales, Nic Keast and James Fussey strengthened the side for the short trip to Lincoln.

Winning the toss, Rasen elected to bat first with Darke and Scales opening the batting, but Scales, followed by Keast, lost their wickets cheaply.

The real story of the innings came from the 91-run partnership from Fussey and Darke. Both will feel disappointed not to have reached their maiden centuries as Darke fell for a brilliant 85, and Fussey lost the chase to his century as the innings closed with him still carrying his bat for an excellent 92.

Rasen posted 228 from their 40 overs and set about stopping the home side’s chase before the afternoon storms interrupted play.

Early wickets concealed the strength of the Old Lincolnians middle order which consistently built 20-plus partnerships to progress steadily to the total.

But up stepped man-of-the-match Fussey, the all-rounder adding his first competitive hat-trick to his batting heroics.

The match built to a fitting crescendo as a run out on the very last ball left the scores level on 228 apiece.

Old Lincolnians finished with nine wickets down and a tie was a fitting end to a competitive game.