THE FIRST ever meeting of Middle Rasen and Hougham and Marstons cricket clubs took place on Saturday and it was the latter who took the win.
Batting first Boryszczuk and Nash, the two run scorers from last week, started things off for Middle, but in the first ball of the second over Nash hit a full toss straight to cover for a golden duck.
So in form Darren Salmon joined the skipper at the crease, but a cross batted shot left his stumps a mess and he departed for just 12.
With Boryszczuk at the crease, supported well by George Fussey, Middle took the score to 79 when Fussey was trapped lbw.
So with drinks approaching Kevin Salmon and Richard Boryszczuk were looking to just see out the last over when Boryszczuk was harshly given out lbw.
So Middle carried on after drinks and with only Aaron Wells really troubling the scorers with 21 not out, Middle finished on 146 all out, a reasonable score against a decent bowling attack.
So with the task of defending their total Middle knew they would have to improve on recent fielding efforts and when Daniel Norburn clean bowled opener Shoukath for a duck it was just what they needed.
And with confidence buzzing just a few balls later a mix up with the batsman resulted in a run out and with the score on 35-2 Middle were looking good.
But enter J.Sainsbury-Bow, from the very first ball when he put the ball over cow corner followed by two fours, you got the impression he was not there to hang around, and he didn’t, smashing 101 runs in just 19 overs, winning the tie for his side single handed.
Although his side won this, fellow teammates offered very little with the bat, with only one batsman making double figures, the saying one man team was quite evident here.
Despite their defeat, Middle still remain third in the league ahead of Thursday’s village trophy tie against premier league side Heckington and Sundays league battle against bottom side Old Lincolnians, who have picked up the last few weeks winning both the previous games.