Market Rasen Second XI’s miserable run of results continued with a comprehensive defeat at Brigg Town.
Rasen remained in third position in Lincs League Division Three, but without a drastic change in performance, the team will struggle to gain the vitally important promotion which had looked so certain only a few weeks ago.
The Seconds travelled to Brocklesby Park on Saturday knowing only a win was good enough to keep pace with the league’s top two.
The home side won the toss and elected to put the pressure on Jono Stephenson’s side whose batting performances had been questionable in recent weeks.
The decision paid dividends for the Brigg bowlers as Rasen lost their first six wickets for only 36 runs.
Stability was found for a period as Quinlan and Freeman formed a 30-run partnership, but when this ended so did Rasen’s chances of posting a defendable score.
Bowled out for just 64 from only 35.5 overs, Rasen had given themselves little chance of picking up a vital 20 points.
Beginning their defence in typically good fashion, Rasen’s opening bowlers claimed two early wickets, but defending such a low total doesn’t give much opportunity to chase many more.
Brigg played well for their eventual victory as they reached the total inside 15 overs for the loss of only two wickets.
Stephenson emphasised the importance of having a good midweek netting session for all batsmen who did not trouble the scorers for ever Rasen side last weekend.
Market Rasen senior nets take place on Wednesdays from 6pm, and all senior players are expected to attend where possible.