This week’s game at Rase Park was a chance for the Market Rasen Cricket Club’s Sunday 1st XI to continue their excellent recent form with a tough home fixture against Sleaford.
After last weekend’s great victory at top of the table Cherry Willingham, Rasen had the form coming into the game.
Electing to bat first Rasen opened with Laurence Scott and Charlie Scale, who took to the task of building a solid platform for Rasen to set a competitive total on.
Both batsmen scored steadily in the early exchanges. The top five Rasen batsmen would collectively add 150 runs to the total as they all passed into double figures and beyond. A disappointment for Rasen captain Will Bradford will be that no batsmen passed the 50 mark and stamped Rasen’s authority on the game.
Top scorer Seb Darke smashed a confident 42 before getting caught, with Bradford and Corden also building similar good starts before losing their wickets to poor shot selection. The Rasen tail end was swept up quickly as the home side finished their innings on 168 all out.
Knowing that the wickets still held the potential for a run chase, Rasen knew their start had to be a good one and captain Bradford led by example as he bowled the Sleaford opener Matt Bean for a duck.
In a devastating opening partnership Bradford and Darke claimed the first five Sleaford wickets and looked to all purposes to have put the game out of reach for the away team.
But the Sleaford lower order had other ideas and made Rasen work for the victory. Putting together a solid 60 partnership for the sixth wicket put Rasen in trouble until Charlie Scales made the breakthrough. Although the seventh wicket was looking equally difficult to claim, Bradford and Rutherford combined to end Sleaford’s hopes of chasing the total set.
Finishing the game with four wickets, Will Bradford ensured that the Sunday 1st XI claimed their third victory in a row and maintained their Premier League Division mid-table position.