Market Rasen batsmen slump to Louth derby defeat

Market Rasen bowler Ryan Penniston EMN-150106-110545002
Market Rasen bowler Ryan Penniston EMN-150106-110545002

Rasen First XI were again let down by their batting as they let slip their early advantage over old foes Louth.

Following a run of two Lincolnshire ECB Premier Division defeats, the Firsts were looking to bounce back, and with several former Rasen players in the Louth starting XI, both sides knew each other very well.

Winning the toss, Rasen skipper Matt Rutherford elected to bowl first, and Bradford and Penniston both attempted to find early movement in the sunshine at London Road.

In the second over, Bradford trapped Louth opener Laurence Scott lbw, and keeping Louth honest with a tight bowling line, Bradford struck again only a few overs later to leave Louth at 20-2.

Penniston got in on the act, removing John Medler thanks to Rutherford’s spectacular one-handed catch at mid-on to reduce Louth to 36-3.

But Louth overseas all-rounder Amila Wettasinghe initiated the first of two key partnerships, the first a stand of 44 with Jason Collinson who was removed by another remarkable catch from David Papworth, off the bowling of Paul Martin.

Wettasinghe then put on 51 with Matt Hamilton for the fifth wicket only for Rutherford to swing the match back Rasen’s way. He first trapped Wettasinghe in front for 59 before luring Matt Hamilton into a lofted drive to Penniston at mid-off.

Sensing a quick end to the innings, Rasen brought Graeme Bell back into the attack. Having seen his first over fly to different parts of the ground, Bell found his line to dismiss Graham West.

Rutherford then trapped Stuart West for a golden duck to leave Louth in trouble at 155-8, and the tail offered little fight as the hosts were bowled out for 172 from 44 overs.

Despite the two middle order stands, Rasen had contained the batting relatively well and were again in a great position to claim maximum points.

In reply, Wettasinghe and Carrington had the Rasen openers Will Bradford and Charlie Scales in trouble from the start, and after facing only three balls, Scales picked out the Louth fielder at square leg.

In the following over, Bradford was trapped in his crease to Wettasinghe as Rasen slumped to 7-2.

In-form batsmen Liam Scales came in looking to steady the ship, but found Carrington in menacing mood and lost his wicket to the first ball of the third over.

Rasen were hoping for a similar middle order fightback from Martin and Rutherford, but despite making the score a little more respectable, both fell, leaving only Bell to provide any resilience as the visitors slumped to 73 all out.

Despite three straight defeats, Rasen remain sixth with 55 points, a much healthier position to last season when they sat bottom of the table with only 15 points.

* On Saturday, ECB favourites Bracebridge Heath visit Rase Park for a noon start.