Market Rasen cricketers finish season in style

THE Saturday and Sunday 2nd XIs brought the curtain down on their excellent seasons at the weekend, cruising to eight and nine wicket wins respectively.

Immingham Blossom Way visited Rase Park on Saturday, with the visitors in desperate need of a win to ensure that they steered clear of the re-election battle.

However, they were given no quarter by a Rasen side that has stamped its authority on this division all year and continued to do so right to the end of the season.

Jamie Fountain won the toss for Immingham on a perfect day for batting, and it was no surprise when the visiting skipper chose that option.

That would be as good as things got for Blossom Way though, as a disciplined performance by Rasen’s attack was simply too much for Immingham.

On a hot afternoon Simon Bunn delivered a yeoman-like performance, pounding in from the Gallamore Lane End for 15 overs to pick up 4 for 31, with his movement off the pitch and bowling nous simply too much for the visitors to handle.

James Keast took the new ball with Bunn, and after a couple of early adjustments, the young county paceman showed his ability to all and was unfortunate to only pick up a couple of wickets.

Jamie Fountain ground out 16 from 58 balls, but none of the other batsmen appeared willing to dig in and at 50 for 8, Rasen looked likely to be done and dusted before 3pm.

However, Chris Laister had other ideas, as the number 10 smote an entertaining 40 from only 28 balls, putting on 45 for the ninth wicket with Matt Lond.

It took some excellent flight and guile from Katy Darke to remove the dangerous Laister, and the youngster also picked up the last wicket to bag 2 for 25 on her senior debut for the club as Immingham were bowled out for 97 in the 32nd over.

Rasen’s reply saw Andy Richley and David Papworth put on an untroubled 40 for the first wicket, before Richley managed to miss a straight one from Liam Clarke.

This was immediately followed by Darren Salmon nicking off, leaving Will Bradford to fend off a hat-trick ball. This Bradford duly managed and with Papworth continuing on his serene way, his new accomplice set about the target in quick time, cracking a number of fine boundaries.

The pair put on 58 for the third wicket with Papworth finishing on 35 not out and Bradford on 37 not out, to see Rasen to a comfortable eight wicket win in the 15th over.

It was a fitting end to the 2nds’ title campaign which means they will start 2013 in Division Three.

The Sunday 2nd XI hosted Aisthorpe at Rase Park and, not for the first time this season, found the villagers to be accommodating opponents.

Another lost toss meant another early stint in the field for Rasen and also led to another early finish, as whilst Rasen were unable to bowl Aisthorpe out, their attack was simply too good for the visiting batsmen to score freely off.

Veterans Simon Bunn and Liam Scales took the new ball and asked plenty of questions of the batsmen. Charlie Scales and Gavin Korytnickyj then took over and the pair were unfortunate to only pick up a wicket apiece.

However, the star of the show in the field for Rasen was Matt Hawke, as the 14–year–old turned in a sterling display of slow bowling to snaffle 5 for 17 from 7 overs.

Varying his pace and length well and getting movement off the pitch, Hawke ripped through the Aisthorpe middle order to leave the visitors’ hopes of setting a testing target in shreds.

Determined batting from the Aisthorpe tail led to the visitors closing their 40 overs on 103 for 8.

Lee Chambers and Korytnickyj took to the field to lead Rasen’s chase, putting on an untroubled 50 for the opening wicket, and it was a surprise when Korytnickyj found himself castled.

Chambers didn’t allow himself to be flustered though and, taking a liking to the change bowling, he hurried Rasen to a convincing nine-wicket win, finishing on a pleasing 61 not out.

This weekend sees the Sunday 1st XI play their penultimate Lincoln League game at Lindum, 1.30pm start.