CRICKET: Market Rasen Rugby Club record first win against Brocklesby Park

Jaw Barr EMN-141105-164333001
Jaw Barr EMN-141105-164333001

Market Rasen Rugby Club again swapped sports and took to the cricket field against Brocklesby Park this week in the Wolds midweek league.

After last Tuesday’s narrow loss there were hard decisions to be made at selection and the erratic raw pace of Courtney Cole and Fudadin Fenwick were cast aside for the more subtle and cultured attacks of Winston Burgess and Leigh Dearden.

The visitors batted first and soon set out their stall with some exemplary stroke play aided by some poor fielding by the rugby team, who dropped catch after catch.

For Brocklesby the top scorers were Trembath with 15 and Charlie Strange, who was forced to retire on 51 in accordance with the West Wold rules.

The shrewd selection of Winston Burgess was completely justified with his stunning performance with ball in hand netting 1 wicket for 6 off 1 over, but this failed to prevent the visitors reaching what appeared to be an insurmountable total of 100 runs in their 16 overs.

In response Jim Woolliams opened confidently, improving on last week’s one shot flourish to score the second top total of 19, including one 6 and two 4s, closely followed by Dale Chambers, who hit 17.

As the middle order floundered victory appeared unattainable until a hero emerged in the form of Barr, who hit the ball with pulsating rhythm and danced his way to an unbeaten tally of 38 not out, proving to be the backbone of the home side’s total.

It was left to Danny De Witt to run in the final score as Rasen avenged their previous defeat.