AFTER two weeks without a game due to the great British weather Middle Rasen were back in action against league leaders Lindum Acadamy.
With Middle being able to field a strong team with only Chris Potter unavailable hopes were high for Middle even faced with a very strong Lindum side, including Lincs star Alex Hornsby and first team overseas player Matt Bursa.
Upon losing the toss and being made to field in the scorching heat, Dan Norburn and James Fussey got things under way for Middle and in the tenth over young James Fussey got the breakthrough removing the dangerous Matt Pickering for 38, then two overs later Darren Salmon removed Ginnett for 10 and that brought Hornsby to the crease.
Middle stuck to the task really well despite the heat and when Salmon had Hornsby caught by Ivan Nash their spirits were lifted and the introduction of Aaron Wells quickly brought three wickets in his four overs and Middle bowled out the Lincoln side for 233 in the last over, with Darren Salmon bowling a beautiful 10 overs in such heat, taking 2-38 in a fantastic spell of bowling.
So with a big total to chase George Fussey and Ivan Nash got things underway and Fussey was first to go in the third over for just two, soon followed by Nash for nine, bringing the farther and son partnership of Darren and Kev Salmon to the crease and the runs started to flow with Kevin Salmon rolling back the years with a fantastic innings which Lindum had no answer to.
Despite Darren Salmon and Richard Boryszczuk failing to really trouble the scorers, Kev Salmon kept going and when he was eventually dismissed for a fantastic 50, Middle were on 116-7, still more than 100 runs behind, but this didn’t stop Dan Norburn and Aaron wells demolishing the bowling attack and even when Lindum brought on Matt Bursa, who opens the bowling for the ECB side, this made no difference as they simply despatched ball after ball with Wells hitting seven fours in his 33 runs and Norburn hitting five fours in his highest ever score of 33.
In the end Middle fell short reaching 202-9 in 40 overs, but took a very useful ten points.