Middle Rasen batsmen fall to Sleaford attack

After a four-week gap, Middle Rasen returned to action with their first home game of the season against Sleaford.

Asked to bowl first, Middle’s opening bowlers looked to put early pressure on the visiting side, and Will Bradford took their first wicket of the day in the second over.

When Sleaford’s other opener Warren Nel (55) was dropped off the bowling of Dan Norburn, resulting in a single, Norburn swallowed his frustration and found the edge again, and this time no mistake was made.

W. Bradford continued to punish the batsmen with tight lines and pace, finishing his 10 overs with 5 for 21.

Ably assisted by Todd Wray (9.2-34-2) and Darren Salmon (5-18-2), Middle would have been happy with their fielding performance as Sleaford were restricted to 167 all out.

Unfortunately Middle’s reply got off to the worst possible start with none of the top four making it into double figures.

Top scores came from returnee Dan Quinlan (36), as well as a brief cameo from Aaron Wells who made 11 from three scoring shots.

Tom Bradford also added a steady 13 before Rasen were bowled out for 89.

After previous positive batting performances, Middle will be disappointed by the manner of their capitulation, but will look to bounce back at Cherry Willingham on Sunday, May 31.

Match ball sponsor: Nags Head, Middle Rasen