After a relatively quiet period, Market Rasen Sunday XI travelled to Bassingham as Jamie Snell took the captain’s armband for an important Lincoln Sunday League fixture.
Bassingham batted first after winning the toss, and began strongly with opener Ross Taylor reaching 34 in quick time.
Rasen opened their innings with Seb Darke and Nic Keast, who bowled a very tight opening spell, collecting only one wicket between them for their efforts.
Bassingham’s middle order looked strong and partnerships from number three and four changed the game. Rob Beddow was the fulcrum the innings was based around as he reached 61 by the close of the innings.
Rasen’s bowlers claimed late wickets as James Keast returned brilliant figures of 5 for 13 from six overs, including a sensational hat-trick.
The home side closed their innings on 176-8 from 40 overs, but for the strong Rasen batting line-up, the total was easily within their grasp.
A disastrous start saw Rasen lose three wickets for just one run as openers James Keast and Charlie Scales failed to trouble the scorers, and number three Mark Bedford followed suit.
Only three Rasen batsmen would reach double figures as they struggled to get to grips with the conditions.
The returning Darke produced one of his finest performances of the season, reaching a brilliant 81 before losing his wicket and effectively ending the Rasen run chase.
Captain Jamie Snell managed a stand of 60 with Darke but this would be the only highlight of the innings as they were bow;led out for 128.
Rasen will feel this was a missed opportunity to gain valuable points.
This weekend, Rasen’s Sunday XI host Reepham CC at Rase Park from 2pm.