MIDDLE Rasen went into the game against a North Scarle side that hasrecently welcomed back a couple of big players and on the back of a crushing win against Caythorpe last week, Richard Boryszczuk’s men knew this would be no easy match and as it would prove to be.
Winning the toss and putting North Scarle into bat Dan Norburn and Carl Robinson got things underway for Middle and after an opening 11 overs between the pair for just 27 runs, skipper Boryszczuk introduced him and fellow spinner Ivan Nash into the attack with instant success.
The dangerous Chris Hogg took on the arm of Chris Potter for a single but ended up well out as Bradford took the run out.
Boryszczuk then struck again, this time Sutton who made 50 against Middle earlier in the season hit a full toss straight into the reliable hands of Kevin Salmon.
At the other end Nash was not to be left out of the wickets, picking up two at an important time in the match, removing Sugden and Tom Baker.
Scarle were starting to lose wickets at regular intervals, but with Matt Baker at the crease and approaching his 50, the scoreboard was being added to until Denton hit the ball deep to Aaron Wells, who picked up and made a fantastic direct hit, resulting in Baker being run out for 47.
With Scarle on 131-6 new signing Tom Boryszczuk grabbed himself two wickets and Robinson came back on at the end to grab himself another two wickets to his tally, leaving North Scarle 146-9 off 40 overs
Middle started their chase of the total and 20 points with Tom Boryszczuk and Ivan Nash getting things underway, but made the worse start possible when in the second over Nash was bowled for 0.
Mike Poole and Tom Boryszczuk started to steady the ship until Poole was amazingly given out, stumped by Geeson when he appeared to be in his crease,
Wells then joined Tom Boryszczuk at the crease, but just an over later the latter was dismissed, playing down the wrong line and the ball clipping the top of the stumps leaving Middle 24-3.
Wells and Potter took the score to 53 with Wells hitting a lovely off drive six followed by a big straight six before he was caught and bowled by Sugden for 19.
Kevin Salmon joined Potter and just 15 runs were added when Salmon was harshly given lbw, leaving Middle 68-5 and looking in trouble.
Tom Bradford, who has not had the best of times with the bat this season, knew this his big chance and after a steady start he lost his partner Potter who was bowled by Sugden, leaving Middle 85-6 with ten overs left to play.
Captain Boryszczuk and Bradford added to the score pretty much every ball, picking up lots of singles and a couple of boundary’s and when Boryszczuk was caught for 15, the score was 122-7, Middle needed 25 to win with five overs left and Bradford turned on the style hitting five 4’s and a big six finishing the game in style for Middle Rasen giving them a full 20 points and a very nice 39 point lead at the top of the division with six games remaining.
Next week Middle face closest rivals Branston at home.