Market Rasen Sunday XI’s upset the odds with a fine win against promotion-chasing Boston at Rase Park.
Winning the toss in this Division Two clash. Rasen’s captain Jamie Snell had confidence in his strong line-up and elected to bat first.
Openers Scales and Keast reached a quickfire 41 before Scales was caught off the bowling of Lawson on eight.
James Keast will be disappointed to miss the chance of a big score as he was also caught, to become Lawson’s second victim, after scoring 40 from just 31 balls.
His younger brother Nic looked in equally good form, scoring at more than a run-a-ball before getting trapped in front by Roberts on 17.
Rasen welcomed back Seb Darke and he soon delivered for the home side, putting on a quick partnership of 50 with Tom Richley and finding regular boundaries.
When Richley lost his wicket on 18, Snell came to the crease to join Darke who continued his powerful batting.
Snell took his time to work out the pitch, but once the confidence came to attack the Boston bowling, there was no holding him back.
Snell smashed his personal best by some way, finishing with 41 from 65 balls, including six fours and a maximum, and ensured his side posted a big score to defend.
Darke was run out on 66 with Nell following shortly after as Rasen posted 205-6 from their allotted 40 overs.
Rasen began their bowling with typical gusto, but failed break through in the early exchanges.
The turning point came after the first bowling change when James Quinlan was brought into the attack.
He produced a magical spell to take four wickets for 20 runs from his 10 overs, Quinlan stemming the flow of Boston runs and bagging both openers.
Nine players from Rasen’s development side were given the opportunity to bowl and the wickets were shared between five of them.
Stand-out figures come from James Keast who finished with three wickets from 5.1 overs, while Snell and A. Richley both bagged themselves a wicket and tidy sets of figures.
Boston were bowled out for 166 from 36.1 overs, and the game could have been much closer had the visitors’ tail end had more wag.
Rasen’s Sunday season comes to an end on September 20 when they visit Caythorpe.
Market Rasen: C. Scales 8, J. Keast 40, N. Keast 17, S. Darke 66, T. Richley 18, J. Snell 41, M. Hawke 3*, Extras 12. Total: 205-6.
Bowling: S. Darke 4-0-27-0; J. Keast 5.1-0-18-3; J. Quinlan 10-2-20-4; M. Hawke 2-0-26-0; J. Snell 4-1-23-1; A. Richley 6-0-24-1; H. Inman 2-0-9-0; B. Hawke 1-0-4-0; C. Scales 2-1-5-1.