Middle Rasen leave Branston in a pickle

SUNDAY saw the clash of the top two sides in the division as Middle Rasen hosted second placed Branston, hoping to extend there 39 point lead.

Branston won the toss and elected to bat first on a glorious sunny day at Middle and were hoping to post a big total.

Middle Rasen made one change to the side that beat North Scarle last week with Darren Salmon replacing Aaron Wells,

Davies and Gillingham started things off for Branston, but things never got going for the visitors and in the second over Carl Robinson picked up his first wicket when he clean bowled Davies for 2.

Middle then had to wait until the sixth over before their next wicket when Robinson again clean bowled Branston’s Greg Wines, leaving the visitors 12-2,

Robinson’s following over was Even better, first Ivan Nash took an amazing one handed diving catch in slips to remove Gillingham and the very next ball Robinson clean bowled the dangerous and big hitting J Flint, Branston on a worrying 13-4.

Tom Boryszczuk was introduced for the wicketless Dan Norburn and with some excellent tight bowling he gave just 11 runs in his eight overs.

Despite not picking up a wicket this was enough because at the other end Robinson was having a ball. In his eighth over he added two more wickets to his tally first bring up his fifth, again clean bowling Ward, then four balls later Bradford caught McCooey behind, giving Robinson his sixth wicket of the day.

But Robinson was not done yet and after another maiden from Tom Boryszczuk, Robinson added his seventh wicket in his last over when he clean bowled Roberts, leaving Robinson with immense figures of 10 overs 2 maidens 7 wickets for just 15 runs.

Robinson did leave three wickets for someone else to get in on the act and Darren Salmon got himself a wicket when bowling Hagger for three and captain Richard Boryszczuk bagged himself two wickets in five balls, bowling Robson, who batted most of the Branston innings, for just 28 runs and trapping Willford lbw for 0. Branston out for a meagre 63

So with a low total to chase Middle Rasen started and not once looked in any danger.

Tom Boryszczuk and Ivan Nash started things off for Middle Rasen and with some quality shots and application of the crease they closed in on the target with ease.

The only hiccup was Nash getting bowled for 20 with just five runs needed to win, but the following over Tom Boryszczuk knocked a two followed by a beautiful straight drive for four, Boryszczuk finishing 26 not out.

Middle now sit 59 points clear of third placed Branston and 45 ahead of Old Lincolnians, who are in second but have played two more games than Middle Rasen,