The first Bank Holiday weekend of May saw a full compliment of cricket for Market Rasen for the first time this season.
Market Rasen 1st XI travelled away to ECB league challengers Bracebridge Heath. Having won the toss captain Matt Rutherford elected to bat first on a track that had the potential to score runs and with the knowledge that Bracebridge’s eternally quick outfield could offer help with this venture.
Opening the bowling for Bracebridge were South African fast Bowler Craig Schlebusch, fresh from his game for the Lincs Development Squad, and Cameron Hall. In a dismissal reminiscent of Rasen’s first encounter of the season, opener Matt Travis was caught in his crease by Hall and reduced Rasen to 13/1.
A similar story then unfolded, with Rasen’s middle order providing little resistance to an impressive attack from Bracebridge. Opener Will Bradford produced a confident display of batting to help himself to 27 well earned runs before edging one to Brett Houston at 1st slip. Another strong batting performance from Graeme Bell (22) and an equally impressive performance from David Papwroth ensured that Rasen provided a stronger test than an Woodhall.
Papworth scored an important 30 not out that helped Rasen post 130 all out from 44.2 overs.
With a relatively small total Rasen will take positives from a number of batsmen looking untroubled by some high quality bowling with only themselves to blame for poor shot selection.
Bracebridge began quickly in their reply, scoring 30 from the first three overs. The opening pair of Nick John and Vitran Atri posted a partnership of 103 before Matt Rutherford claimed his first victim of the season.
This brought Brett Houston to the crease who scored only 10 before taking a quick single to the arm of Seb Darke whose direct hit ensured another wicket for Rasen.
With only 15 remaining to win Bracebridge captain Paul Cook saw them over the line to seal victory in 32.5 overs.
Another stern test for the young Market Rasen side against one the leagues favourites will provide more positives than negatives moving into the next game. With the visit of Market Deeping at Rase Park this coming Saturday Rasen will be confident that the crucial first win of the season is not too far away.
Market Rasen 2nd XI welcomed South Kelsey to a sunny Rase Park for their second game of the season. With defeat last week captain Jono Stephenson new the pressure was on to establish themselves as league contenders.
On a good wicket Rasen won the toss and elected to bat first, the opening pair of Stephenson and Salmon took advantage of the track and scored quick early runs.
With a captain performance, Stephenson scored 59 and looked to be heading for a big score before getting trapped in front. A strong opening partnership and cameos from Chamberlain and Higgins saw Rasen move towards a competitive first innings score.
Rasen youngster Sam Williams ensured that the Market Rasen tail wagged a little longer with an important 17 not out to move Rasen onto 183 from their 40 overs.
The potential to claim maximum points started with Rasen openers Salmon and Entwhistle and this produced immediate success as Entwhsitle claimed three early wickets with a string of fine deliveries.
With Rasen’s bowlers delivering seven wickets before drinks were taken a quick finish to the game seemed inevitable. But Kelsey’s McFarlane had other ideas and a swashbuckling 45 will have given Rasen’s captain some nervy moments until Nick Keast claimed the his wicket.
It was left to Market Rasen’s man of the match Sam Williams to claim the final wicket and post fantastic figures of 6.5 overs, 2 maidens, 4 wickets, conceding only five runs along the way. Rasen’s young medium pacer will look to continue this impressive form when the 2nd team visit Old Lincolnians next Saturday.
Market Rasen Sunday XI had no scheduled game this weekend so it was left to the 2nd XI to provide the entertainment on Sunday afternoon.
The team welcomed Carholme CC to Rase park for the first home match of the season. Electing to bat first Rasen always looked in control from the start and with season best performances from Nick Keast (86) and Liam Scales (79) Rasen established themselves as early favourites. Carholme’s attack never looked like a match for the Rasen batting lineup, as they posted 207 for 6 from their 40 overs.
Carholme began their fight back in confident fashion, taking advantage of a good second innings track and racing to 78 for 2. Following last week’s impressive victory Rasen we’re not going to let the opportunity for a second win slip from their grasp.
The bowling partnership of Alison Ramsey and Connor Janney, with 2 wickets each in the final 5 overs ensured that Rasen claimed their second victory of the season and continue fine start to the season.