Following their recent two match run of form Market Rasen Rugby Club were buoyant entering into the rematch of their inaugural fixture of the season against Caistor Hurdiss, who had narrowly defeated them in the home match at Wilkinson Drive.
As has become the norm so far this season the opposition decided to bat first and, despite being short on personnel, started confidently with the opening batsmen scoring consistently from the front line bowling attack of Bemrose and Chambers, and setting the tone for the home sides 16 over spell at the crease.
The Caistor side amassed a total of 101 runs in their innings with T. Borrill hitting 36 not out and S. Costello scoring 20.
The best of the bowling figures were achieved by skipper James Bemrose taking 3 wickets for 17 runs from 3 overs and Chris Janney who took 2 wickets for 8 runs from his 2 overs. Dale Chambers and Meehal Grint took a wicket each and young Connor Janney followed in his father’s footsteps bowling exceptionally well in his two overs.
In contrast big Jim Woolliams was definitely in unchartered waters as the home side piled on the pressure notching 11 runs from his single over.
In response to the Hurdiss total, team anchors Chew and Woolliams capsized and sank without trace as Chew immediately returned to the pavilion with a golden duck, and Woolliams returned when bowled shortly afterwards.
To add insult to injury Chew then played a further part in the rugby side’s downfall by fielding for the opposition and taking a catch from the opening stroke of teammate Dale Chambers, resulting in the batsman’s departure from the crease with another of Cherry Valley’s finest ducks.
By the third over the visitors had lost 4 wickets for 7 runs and with the tide against them it fell upon Ross Jaw Barr to take the helm and navigate to calmer waters.
Scoring 29 not out and assisted by Dave Starling on 16 the rugby players achieved a final score of 78, but were well beaten by a side with genuine pace in their armoury.