MIDDLE Rasen went into the game against Lindum hoping to carry on the clubs excellent start to the 2012 season, which see’s them currently sat comfortably at the top of the league.
Key men Dan Norburn, Darren Salmon, Chris Potter and Kevin Miller were all missing from the side that destroyed Waddington a week earlier, but they were able to welcome back Skipper Richard Boryszczuk and the returning duo of Mike Poole and Simon Clark.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl, skipper Richard Boryszczuk got the breakthrough in the fifth over when Pickering hit one straight to Ivan Nash, who caught well with the score on 11.
Then Middle were on the back foot for a period when fellow opener Matt Pickering and number three batsman John Gratrick took the attack to Middle.
With the introduction of Wells into the attack he managed to remove Pickering for 35 and Lindum were 60-2.
But with Gratrick at the crease the runs kept coming for Lindum as Middle were unfamiliar sloppy in the field.
Boryszczuk introduced himself and Ivan Nash back into the attack and this slowed the run rate down as Boryszczuk picked up his second wicket, removing J.Fixter for 21, this seemed to set Middle back on track.
Nash bowled very well despite not picking up a wicket and when Boryszczuk and Nash’s spells came to an end with the score on 120-4, Carl Robinson and Kevin Salmon were brought into the fray and both bowled very well, picking up three wickets each.
When Robinson removed the Dangerous Gratrick for 73 it didn’t take long to bring the Lindum innings to a close with the visitors finishing on an impressive 185-9 in 40 overs.
Middle will have been disappointed with its fielding and bowling display, occasionally sloppy in the field and giving away 27 extras in the process
So with a big total to chase Middle knew they had to apply themselves at the crease, but they had confidence in knowing they have a very strong batting line–up.
Wells and Nash got things underway for Middle and despite losing Wells in the first over for two runs this didn’t stop the home side in there chase,
Mike Poole making his return to the club after three or four seasons away from Sunday cricket showed his class as he and Ivan Nash totally knocked the stuffing out of the visitors.
With Nash picking up runs with some lovely shots and Poole batting exquisitely, Middle raced to 99-1 before Poole was dismissed for a fantastic 55, including two sixes and five fours.
So with Poole out Lindum then followed that up when Tom Bradford continued his run of bad form with the bat, only lasting a few balls before being bowled for two.
Then in the following over Nash was dismissed, being bowled for 35 and Middle on 111-4, but losing three wickets for 12 runs Lindum must have thought the momentum had swung back in their favour.
But with Simon Clark, who was also making his return to Middle Rasen, and Captain Richard Boryszczuk now at the crease, Middle knew they still had a lot of batting to come.
Simon Clark batted calm and contently early on, picking the gaps and keeping the scoreboard ticking over with Boryszczuk picking runs steadily at the other end.
Clark then showed how good a batsman he is, hitting two massive sixes on his way to 38 not out and Boryszczuk not to be out done scored 36 not out, including a six and five fours.
This saw Middle Rasen comfortably home on 186-4 with 11 overs still to play, taking a full 20 points and extending their lead at the top of the table.