Grimsby punish Market Rasen Seconds in table-top clash

Market Rasen’s Second XI welcomed the Lincolnshire County League’s in-form side to Rase Park for a top-of-the-table clash in Division Three.

Winning the toss, Grimsby elected to field first and Rasen were in the unusual position this season of setting a total.

Opening for a strong batting line-up Rasen, Lee Freeman and Tom Bradford scored with ease early on and soon passed the 50 mark for the opening wicket before Bradford was caught off the bowling of Harrison Trice.

Rasen made light work of Grimsby’s attack as the visitors plumped for just two bowlers to chew through 30 overs.

Freeman lost his wicket on 41 and will be disappointed not to have turned this into a bigger score, but the standout performance went to all-rounder Dan Clarke who played his way to a superb 66.

Ending their innings on 200-6 from their 45 overs, Rasen will feel they were 50 runs short of a good score for the conditions.

A potent bowling attack has helped Rasen’s excellent form this season and today was no different.

Clarke and Entwistle have taken 36 wickets this season and began in customary fashion to see off the Grimsby openers within four overs.

But then came something that Rasen has not had to contend with yet this season. Grimsby’s batting line-up did not crumble, wickets did not fall and the away side began a spirited attack on the target.

As the temperature increased and fielding became challenging, the hosts missed chances and the batsmen punished them each time.

Grimsby lost only two further wickets and reached their target with 12 overs to spare which reflected the comparatively low score of the home side.

Promotion-chasing Rasen stay second and will look to emulate their early season form in the second half of the campaign.