Mixed results at the crease

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THANKS to the herculean efforts of the ground-staff on Saturday morning and summer finally rearing its head, Market Rasen Town Cricket Club were able to play all of their scheduled matches for the first time in 2012.

There were mixed results for the club, with the U15 and 2nd XIs both coasting to comfortable wins, whilst the Sunday 1st XI fell to an 85 run loss at Bracebridge Heath.

The 2nd XI finally got their Lincolnshire County Cricket League season underway, thanks to the heroic efforts of Simon Bunn and his team of enthusiastic helpers, who managed to get the ground ready, in spite of the heavy rain experienced during the week.

Scunthorpe Town 3rds were asked to bat first on a slow, drying track and their young side struggled from the outset against a disciplined and professional Rasen bowling performance.

Whilst there was no pace in the track for the seamers, there was plenty of lateral movement on offer and James Fussey lost no time in taking advantage of the fact, grabbing his first wicket of the campaign in his opening over.

Fussey would finish with 1 for 4 from seven overs and will bowl less well this season for far greater rewards.

Fussey was replaced at the Gallamore Lane End by 2nd XI debutante, James Keast. The 13–year–old also struck in his first over, enticing Andy Fiddell into an ill-advised attempt to hit over the top of extra cover on his way to 1 for 16 from six overs in his first Lincs League outing.

At the River Rase End, Ryan Penniston was working up a head of steam to complement the youngsters and was unfortunate to end his ten over spell without a wicket.

With the visitors’ obdurate approach frustrating the seamers, Rasen’s new skipper, Mark Robinson, turned to spin and saw the move reap immediate dividends, as Luke Richards removed top-scorer Jacklin for 16.

Richards’ tight spell was rewarded with a further three wickets, to hand him 4 for 15 from nine overs and Andy Richley (4 for 7) helped him mop up the tail as Scunthorpe subsided to 62 all out on the 39th over.

Rasen’s reply suffered a brief setback, as Ivan Nash popped up a catch off the bowling of George Hansen, but George Fussey, 28 not out, and Andy Richley steadied the ship, knocking the runs off in relative comfort to pass the target in the 18th over.

The Sunday 1st XI’s first Lincoln League game of the season offered plenty of promise for the year ahead but was, ultimately, disappointing.

Bracebridge Heath batted first on a true, even-paced track and took full advantage, posting 213 for 7 from their 40 overs.

Ryan Penniston was the pick of the bowlers, with 3 for 49 as Bracebridge built on opener Ryan Watson’s 75 to compile a challenging total.

Rasen’s reply got off to the worst possible start, with both openers back in the pavilion without scoring.

Ian Williams, 34, and Matt Rutherford, 32, both got themselves well set before falling to Kiwi professional Jason Trembath.

A pair of cameos from Will Bradford and Tom Keast were not enough as Rasen crumbled to 128 all out. Carl Walton, 4 for 7, and Trembath, 3 for 43, doing the majority of the damage for the home side.