CRICKET: Market Rasen’s exciting game brightens up Sunday

Market Rasen's Nic Keast made his maiden century at the weekend EMN-151105-134513001
Market Rasen's Nic Keast made his maiden century at the weekend EMN-151105-134513001

Sunday brought an explosive game at Hartsholme for Market Rasen Cricket Club with 400 plus runs coming in the game.

Looking to develop his young side Andy Quinlan was asked to bowl first and looked to Megan Quinlan and Dave Mason to find Rasen some early wickets.

Hartsholme opened the batting with Lincs Prem player Nick Wilkinson and Steve Pratt. Adding to his clutch of wickets this season Dave Mason again delivered for Rasen and bagged their opener within the early exchanges.

Hartsholme, led by Wilkinson, then built a significant partnership and looked to take the game away from Rasen. Patient and controlled bowling displays from Megan Quinlan, James Quinlan and Adam Cook failed to reap any rewards as the home side passed the 100 mark.

The job of removing the opener, who had now achieved his century, was left to Nick Keast as Wilkinson was removed for 116. What reward that will have given the Hartsholme opener is difficult to say, but the determination and concerted effort by the Rasen team was excellent to say the least.

Set a total of 252 to get the win, Rasen looked to home-grown talents of Nic Keast to provide some stability in leading the chase. Losing early wickets, Rasen got off to a bad start and looked frantically to a pairing that could provide runs.

This came from Shaun French as he built a steady partnership with Nic and looked to take Rasen towards the target. Smashing a huge six Shaun failed to capitalise on this and was dismissed on 13 only a few overs later.

The story of the day though goes to the Rasen youngster Nic Keast. Captaining the side for the day and leading from the front Nic produced a free flowing display of batting that showed a maturity way above his age.

Taking the attack to the Hartsholme bowlers Nic smashed 12 fours on his way to his maiden century for Market Rasen. Support was lacking from the Rasen middle order with the only glimmer of hope coming from a very competent 27 from Jamie Beastall batting at number 7.

Although ending their efforts on 174 all out, Rasen will be proud of the effort made chasing down such a big total. A brilliant bowling display from Hartsholme opener 
Olivia Clarke was only surpassed by the 109 runs scored by Nic.