Market Rasen Second XI stretch lead with Nettleham rout

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Market Rasen Second XI extended their 100 per cent start to the season when they entertained Nettleham at Rase Park on Saturday.

Stand-in captain Ian Williams won the toss for the Lincolnshire County League Division Three clash and elected to bowl first.

In what is beginning to look like the league’s best bowling attack, Dan Clarke and Liam Entwistle again set about harrying the opening batsmen.

The hosts had to wait until the score ticked round to 21 before their first wicket fell as Clarke bowled the Nettleham opener, but then Rasen rampaged through the top order.

Nettleham fell to 37-5 as Clarke took two more wickets and Rasen youngster Rory Miller claimed his first of the day.

Cameron Rushbridge-Burns led a middle order fightback as he swatted a quick 21 before he departed at 60-6. Nettleham’s day descended further as they lost their final four wickets for only eight runs.

Finishing with figures of 8–2–23–4, Miller was Rasen’s stand-out bowler, but the moment of the day came from Jamie Snell who produced a spectacular catch to close the innings and earn himself the fielder of the match award.

With only 69 runs to chase, Rasen opened with Lee Freeman and debutant Dale Chambers who have returned to the fold after years of playing away from the club.

Both batsmen looked in fine form and raced the score along to 40 before Freeman lost his wicket on 27.

Chambers followed his opening partner back into the pavilion shortly after, but only after ensuring victory was within Rasen’s grasp at 54-2.

Tom Bradford and Jamie Snell took the home side over the line within 11 overs to cap a great day.

After five games, Rasen Seconds lead Division Three table with five wins.

Looking at the players to come back into the side in the coming weeks, hopes are high Rasen will become yet stronger in their push for promotion from Division Three.

Next Sunday, the Second XI travel to fourth-placed Morton CC in an important Division Three clash.

* Sunday was a washout for Rasen as the Under 9s had their game at Lindum abandoned, and the Sunday XI saw their game at Boston cancelled early that morning.