There was nowhere to hide for Market Rasen Town Cricket Club, as two days under a broiling sun saw three defeats from the trio of league matches played.
Rasen’s weekend was illuminated by some excellent individual performances; Matt Rutherford put in a skipper’s performance with bat and ball at Scunthorpe for the 1sts, Rob Chamberlin raged against the dying of the light for the 2nds, smashing more than half his side’s runs, Tom Keast notched his maiden century for the club with 102 not out at Woodhall Spa and Seb Darke nearly matched him, making 90 in the same game for the Sunday 2nds.
The 1st XI visited the reigning Lincolnshire League Champions and lost by five wickets. Having won the toss, Rutherford will have expected more from his side than the 153 for 8 they were able to post.
Liam Scales made a useful 23 opening for the first time this season, but the rest of the top order failed to leave Rasen on 41 for 3, which swiftly became 67 for 5.
Gary Bierlein, 19, joined Rutherford to put on 56 for the sixth wicket and revive Rasen’s hopes of posting a decent total, but it was not to be and once Rutherford departed for 66 the tail merely looked to bat out the 50 overs.
Scunthorpe Town’s reply was given the best possible start by all-rounder Ramesh Chand, whose 57 laid the platform for the home side to ease to a 5 wicket win with 3.4 overs to spare.
The 2nd XI found themselves batting first on an incredibly dry track at Rase Park in Division Three of the Lincolnshire League, and the visitors, South Kelsey, took full advantage, skittling Rasen out for 113 inside 34 overs.
Only a rambunctious 61 from Rob Chamberlin saved Rasen’s blushes, as below-strength side were made to struggle by Matt Thompson, 4 for 29, and Mark Fisher, 4 for 37.
South Kelsey took no chances in knocking off the runs, grinding their way to a 5 wicket win in 46 overs as Karl Bierlein, 3 for 39 from 19 overs, and Nic Keast, 1 for 38 from 17 overs, made the opposition work for the win. However, Rob Baty, 21, Thompson, 28, and Andrew Fisher, 19 not out made sure that their bowlers’ efforts were not wasted.
The Sunday 2nd XI took a young side to Woodhall Spa in the Lincoln League and found themselves on an excellent batting track at Jubilee Park. Tom Keast, 102 not out, and Seb Darke, 90, took full advantage as the teenagers guided Rasen to an imposing 244 for 2 from their 40 overs.
Unfortunately for Rasen’s youngsters, Woodhall Spa’s own ECB Premier League ‘keeper; Jack Hughes, was in even finer form with the willow, smashing 151 not out to guide the home side to a 6 wicket victory.
The Mick Corden Memorial Day at Rase Park saw an excellent turnout and more than £300 raised for the fight against pancreatic cancer as spectators got to see a tight and exciting match between ‘Legends’ sides from Market Rasen and Louth.
The visitors just edged the contest on the day, with an unbeaten 61 from Tom Corden helping Louth to victory by one wicket in the final over of the contest.
This weekend sees no cricket at Rase Park, as the 1st XI are without a game, the 2nd XI travel to Laportes in Lincs League 3, 1.30pm start, the Sunday 1st XI are at Owmby and the Sunday 2nd XI travel to Hykeham, both 2pm starts.