Middle extend lead at the top

TOP of the league Middle Rasen Cricket Club made the short trip to Lincoln at the weekend.

Middle Rasen going into the match were sat top of the table and there opponents, Old Lincolnians, were eight points behind, but had played two more games.

With showers on and off Middle batted first and they could not have got off to a worse start,

Tom Bradford was clean bowled first ball by Ali Baker, then just two overs later with the score on 16 and after a 20 minute rain delay, Boryszczuk was bowled for 0, bringing in Chris Potter to join Ivan Nash.

With the score 16-2 off just five overs these two had to knuckle down and get to work.

Despite Nash being dropped twice, he went on to make his highest score this season, 64, before he was well caught.

Potter made an impressive 39 before he was caught by Walker, who took a stunning catch on the boundary.

Kev Salmon was out for a duck, chopping on from Hickneg and Wells didn’t last too long, only adding four runs to the total.

But new signing from Marshalls, Martyn Snell, added a very useful 34 not out on his return to Middle and Dan Quinlan added a excellent 31 not out, meaning Middle finished on a huge 193-6.

Old Lincolnians innings never really got going at any sort of pace, Norburn and Wells both proving very hard to get away and only 28 runs coming from the opening 12 overs.

Ivan Nash and Richard Boryszczuk came into the attack and Nash continued his form with the ball, removing all of the home side’s top five batsmen and was at one stage on a hat-trick.

Nash finished with 5-31 from his 10 overs, supported well by Boryszczuk, 2-26.

With just three wickets remaining and the score on 80-7 with ten overs left, Middle brought back Norburn and Wells to finish things off and it didn’t take them long,

Wells picked up 3-21 in a fine spell and Norburn 1-23 in a wonderful display of seam bowling.

Middle now move 25 points clear of Old Lincolnians in second with two games in hand and 39 points clear of Branston, who sit third.