MARKET Rasen Town Cricket Club’s Lincolnshire League sides had finished their 2011 campaigns, but the 2nd XI’s promotion hopes were dependent on Alford 2nds losing their final match and failing to claim enough bonus points to move into second place.
Ernie Allison’s young Caistor Town 3rd XI did their neighbours proud, with a battling win on the marsh, chasing down Alford’s 177 for 5.
Unfortunately for Rasen, a ragged Alford outfit did just enough, claiming seven bonus points from their defeat and squeezing into second place by two points.
The Sunday 1st XI made the long trek to Boston for their rearranged Major Hoult Cup Final and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, in spite of a valiant performance with the willow from Dale Christie.
Boston batted first and recovered from 134 for 7 to post 204 for 7 from their 40 overs.
Rasen’s reply was on track until a heavy shower forced them from the field after 21 overs with the score on 110 for 2.
The rain revived a flagging Boston outfit and Rasen found themselves bowled out 35 short to hand Boston the cup and revenge for last week’s pounding at Rase Park.
The Sunday 2nd XI managed to lift the gloom with an inspiring 90 run win over Hykeham 2nds at Rase Park. The young side claimed only their second win of the season, but it was enough to lift them off the bottom of the table and consign Bardney to the wooden spoon.
Rasen batted first and posted 191 for 6 from their 40 overs, thanks to a determined innings from Andy Richley, 84, and sparkling cameos from Gavin Korytnickjy, 37, and Shaun French, 41.
From the moment that Hykeham’s opening pair mixed up a simple single and allowed Jim Dodds to effect a smart run-out the visitors were struggling to chase down Rasen’s total.
Liam Entwhistle and Dodds took the new ball and bowled with accuracy and intent, with Entwhistle trimming Will Murray’s off-peg to leave the Hykeham number three regretting his leave and making the long trek back to the pavilion.
Once the opening bowlers had done their share Korytnickyj took over from the Gallamore Lane End and twirled his way through a teasing ten over spell that saw him pick up three vital wickets, the second of which came from Rob Cook, taking an outstanding diving catch in the covers.
Unfortunate not to find himself with a second ‘five-fer’ of the season, Korytkickjy’s spell condemned Hykeham to defeat and it was left to talented young paceman, James Keast, to deliver the final blows, as the county U13 star roared in from the River Rase end in the closing overs to blow away the tail and pick up three deserved wickets.
Sunday sees the final game of the season for the club, when the Sunday 1st XI host Nettleham in a game that Rasen must win in order to keep their faint title hopes alive. 1.30pm start.