THE weather again put paid to any hopes of Lincolnshire League cricket for Market Rasen Town Cricket Club last weekend and also led to the Sunday 2nd XI’s Lincoln League clash at Rustons being cancelled.
However, the heroic work put in by a number of the club’s members on Friday and Saturday meant that the Sunday 1st XI were able to take advantage of a break in the rain-clouds to maintain their Lincoln League Premier Division title challenge.
Batting first against a Hykeham side that has struggled so far this year, Rasen lost little time in asserting themselves, with Jason New and Graeme Bell cracking on from the start.
Bell’s spirited innings was cut short when a major score looked nailed on and the all-rounder will be disappointed not to have cashed in.
However, Bell’s 46 had laid the table and Dale Christie tucked in with gusto. Rasen’s number three proceeded to smite the visiting attack to all corners of Rase Park and ransacked a visibly shaken Hykeham attack for 109 not out.
New was happy to follow in Christie’s wake and hit 100. With the pair having added an unbeaten 194 for the second wicket and Rasen on 266 for 1, Rasen declared, with 14 overs of their innings unused.
Jon Darke and Ryan Penniston made Matt Rutherford’s decision look a good one, ripping into the Hykeham batting line–up and removing the top five batsmen.
O’Sullivan was left alone on the metaphorical burning bridge by his teammates from Lincoln, knocking an impressive 71.
However, wickets from Will Bradford, Sam Williams and George Fussey wrapped up the visitors’ innings for a paltry 104 all out, to hand Rasen a 162 run victory in quick time.
The win keeps Rasen in third place in the Premier Division, as both Lindum and Boston also won, although they have a game in hand on their rivals.
This weekend sees the club’s Lincolnshire League sides in cup action. The 1st XI entertain Alkborough 1sts in the George Marshall Trophy, and the Premier Division outfit are expected to be a tough examination for a Rasen team that expect to be in the promotion conversation at the end of the season.
The 2nd XI also have a tough tie, as they head to Marsh Lane to play Barton Town 2nds in the Bob Welton Cup. Both games start at 1.30pm.
The Sunday 1st XI have a vital Lincoln League clash at Boston. With only two points separating the last two winners of the division and Rasen with a game in hand, neither side can afford to lose this encounter.
The Sunday 2nd XI host Nocton in what could be their first home League match of the season, if the weather holds. Both games start at 2pm.