Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club swapped rugby jerseys for whites as they faced their first opponents Caistor Hurdiss in the West Wold League on Tuesday night at Middle Rasen.
The newly formed team is derived from the former Glentham side and aims to emulate some of the outstanding accomplishments of their predecessors.
Club president and fitness coach Chris Janney is looking forward to some entertaining performances from the side and, under the leadership of skipper James Bemrose, feels this team could definitely make an impact in this highly competitive league.
The team have secured some lucrative sponsorship deals including Abeko, Cojo’s, The Nags Head (Middle Rasen), Timmins Engineering and Warren Vale Construction and certainly looked the part as they took to the field sporting their new customised XXXL shirts and accompanying sundries, although bizarrely a scorebook had been overlooked which their opposition sportingly provided.
The visiting side batted first and amassed a total of 67 runs in their 14 overs facing a varied display of bowling techniques from the rugby boys, commencing with the recently developed full toss spin attack of president Chris Janney to the wider than wide pace bowling of Ollie Cole.
Highlights of the bowling were Mike Starling’s 2 wickets for 6 runs off 2 overs, Dale Chambers 2 wickets for 4 runs from 1 over, Will Fenwick’s 1 wicket for 10 runs off 1 over and Ollie Coles 6 wides off 1 over for no wickets.
Chasing this total the home side started confidently with a 4 from Jim Woolliams, sadly followed by his dismissal with the next ball.
Ross Jaw Barr was next to the crease and his top score of 17 raised hopes of victory with his swashbuckling style, alongside the more pragmatic approach of team lawyer and fines secretary Dave Starling who scored 14, proving to be the highlight of the rugby clubs innings.
Following this early flourish of runs an attack of the Boycott’s ensued as following batsmen adopted a more defensive approach resulting from some tight bowling by the Hurdiss attack.
Meehal Grint was the only other significant scorer with a total of 6 and the despite battling to the end the rugby club fell 1 run short of their oppositions total.
The side face Brocklesby Park in their next home game and are concentrating on minimising the extras in their quest for victory.
Team: Woolliams, Cole, Jaw Barr,Starling D., Bemrose, Grint, Chambers, Starling M, Janney, De Witt, Fenwick.