The start of the new cricket season saw Market Rasen with a double header against local rivals Grimsby Town CC.
Rase Park was the fitting setting for Rasen’s 1st XI team against last year’s fellow basement battlers in the ECB Grimsby Town. Winning a crucial toss Matt Rutherford elected to field first and put the pressure on the Grimsby batsmen.
A familiar opening bowling partnership of Ryan Penniston and James Fussey attempted to put early pressure on the Grimsby batsmen and found movement in the Rasen wicket.
With both sides keen on starting the season with a full 20 point compliment it was the Grimsby batsmen who had the better of the early exchanges. The opening pair of Farmery and Butterfield weren’t afraid to play their shots and sent a number of deliveries crashing to boundary.
The breakthrough came when Penniston found some movement off the seam and caught Butterfield’s outside edge. The following ball was a replay of the previous but unfortunately Bradford was unable to hold onto the catch behind the stumps.
A second wicket followed quickly as Grimsby’s number three never looked comfortable at the crease as he flailed at one too many and found himself in the clubhouse for a duck.
This instigated a third wicket pairing for Grimsby who built a partnership of 43 before Grimsby’s star batsmen Joe Farmery was bowled brilliantly by Market Rasen youngster Seb Darke.
With Grimsby 60 for 3 Rasen capitalized on their chance to exert additional pressure. Talismanic captain Rutherford brought himself on from the industrial estate end and in partnership with Darke, Bradford claimed the last seven Grimsby wickets for only 37 runs.
Closing the innings Will Bradford took a fantastic catch at first slip to dismiss Mawer and the Grimsby number 11 was disappointed when he was adjudged to have edged one behind to bring Rasen their 10th wicket.
With a relatively small total to chase Rasen’s new opening paring of Will Bradford and Charlie Scales looked to fend off the new ball. Following his good form in Rasen’s friendly against Scunthorpe last week Scales started in similar vein as he whipped Grimsby’s quick bowler Harrison off his legs for a confident four.
Possibly with this still in mind Scales was trapped in his crease in the next over as an aggressive opening spell from Harrison began to reap early rewards. With 60 overs available to chase 103 Rasen tried to finish the game early and fell afoul of rewarding Grimsby with two additional bowling points as relatively cheap wickets fell.
A match winning partnership from Bell and Martin took Rasen from 40 for 3 to within 8 runs of the winning total before both players lost their wickets in disappointing fashion. A typically powerful display from both contained more boundaries than running between the wickets and ultimately led Rasen to their first victory of the season
A full 20 points from the season opener was the start that Rasen will have wanted and sets themselves up in brilliant fashion for an all more sterner test away at Woodhall Spa next weekend.
Next week will see Market Rasen 2nd XI at home to Normanby Park and the 1st XI will travel away to Woodhall Spa who have Sri Lankan test star Malinga Bandara in their squad for this season. The Sunday side will travel to North Scarle for their Division two clash