RASEN’S Dan Norburn had Lincolnshire League statisticians running for the record books last weekend, as he took 9 for 16 to lead Market Rasen Town Cricket Club 2nds to a thumping ten wicket win at Morton on Saturday.
The local seamer wasn’t the only success for the Rase Park outfit though, as the Sunday 1st XI moved into second place in the McKinnells Lincoln Sunday League Premier Division with a five wicket win at Lindum.
Unfortunately, a young Sunday 2nd XI grafted hard against a hard-hitting Marhalls side, but still found themselves going down to a heavy defeat.
With no 1st XI game last weekend, Rasen 2nds grabbed their chance in the spotlight with both hands, dominating a Morton side who had started the season with five wins in the first two months of the season, but have had struggled of late.
Rasen won the toss, which was as strenuous as things were going to get for the captain, and Dan Norburn picked up where he’d left off the week before at Broughton, striking in his first over.
However, this week Norburn didn’t find his way blocked for a few overs by the opposition, but proceeded to rampage through the home side’s batting lineup.
Facing bowling of a challenging line and length, Morton were unwilling to graft and tried to play their way out of trouble. Unfortunately for them, Rasen’s fielders backed up Norburn with some fine catching and the Gainsborough-based outfit crumbled.
With Norburn rampant from the pavilion end, Rob Chamberlin bottled up the other end with a nagging line and length and plenty of movement and he broke up Norburn’s quest for all ten by cleaning up Morton’s captain, Chris Leonard.
Chamberlin’s spell of 1 for 12 from seven overs proved the perfect foil for Norburn, who continued to pick up wickets, including two excellent catches off his own bowling.
For Morton, only Andre Tinnie, 14, troubled the scorers with the only other double-figure score being extras. Tinnie was the last man to fall to hand Norburn his ninth wicket and the remarkable figures of 9 for 16 from 10.4 overs, as Morton were out for 39 in the 21st over.
Jon Stephenson, 18 not out, and Ivan Nash, 23 not out, padded their averages as Rasen knocked off the runs within six overs, cantering to a ten wicket victory inside two hours.
The win sees the 2nd XI climb to fourth in the fourth division of the Lincolnshire League and sees them well and truly in the promotion picture with five games of the season remaining.
The Sunday 1st XI visited St. Giles Avenue for a crucial match against Lindum 1sts in the Lincoln Sunday League and cruised to a comfortable five wicket win thanks to excellent performances from teenagers Will Bradford, 5 for 38, and Luke Robinson.
Batting first, Lindum made 171 for 7 from their 40 overs, Harry Dunn top scoring for the Minstermen with 74 not out.
Rasen’s parsimonious attack ensured that Lindum never broke the shackles and the home side’s total always looked a little light.
Rasen proved it was with a professional batting performance, as the side eased to a five wicket win, with Luke Robinson, fresh from his maiden ECB century on Saturday, top-scoring with 51 not out.
The win sees Rasen move up to second in the Premier Division, although they still need Boston to drop points somewhere along the line if they are to have a chance of retaining their crown.
The Sunday 2nd XI hosted Marshalls in Division Four of the Lincoln Sunday League and found the high-flying visitors’ batsmen too hot to handle.
Marshalls’ top three all scored half-centuries, with Darren Andrews’ brutal 95 the biggest of them, as the visitors amassed 306 for 5 from their 40 overs.
A young Rasen side can take heart from the effort they showed in the field, but none of the bowlers were spared, with Jim Dodds, 1 for 65, and Andy Richley, 4 for 68, the pick.
Rasen’s top order dug in, with openers Rob Cook, 15, and Andy Richley, 20, looking untroubled until Adam Turver picked the pair up LBW. Liam Entwhistle, promoted to number three, looked stylish and against the seamers, but came unstuck against the flight and guile of veteran, Geoff Senescall and at 51 for 3 Rasen might have been expected to fold completely.
However, Gavin Korytnickyj and Shaun French put on 50 for the fourth wicket and took the game to Marshalls, with Korytnickyj playing some lovely shots, both over the top off the spinner, and more orthodox drives from the seamers.
Unfortunately, once French fell for a lusty 14, the end came swiftly. Korytnickyj followed shortly afterwards for a delightful 52 and Martyn Snell, 3 for 1 to follow up his 68, and Adam Turver, 4 for 18, cleaned up the tail in quick time to see Marshalls to a 175 run win.
Next weekend sees a Caistor double-header at Rase Park in the Lincolnshire League, as the Rasen 2nds host Caistor 3rds on Saturday and the Rasen 1sts host Caistor 2nds on Sunday.
Both games start at 1.30pm.