Market Rasen CC up to fifth in Lincolnshire ECB Premier after Lindum win

Will Bradford took four wickets as Market Rasen bowled Lindum out for just 98 on Sunday EMN-150615-130957002
Will Bradford took four wickets as Market Rasen bowled Lindum out for just 98 on Sunday EMN-150615-130957002

Market Rasen First XI moved back into the top five of the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League with a first win in five games on Sunday.

Rasen were one of the few teams to complete a fixture having agreed to put the away trip to Lindum back a day before the season began.

Ryan Penniston in action at Lindum EMN-150615-130946002

Ryan Penniston in action at Lindum EMN-150615-130946002

Arriving in rain and faced with a damp wicket, the Lindum groundstaff somehow got the game under way on time after Rasen won the toss and fielded first.

Opening bowlers Penniston and Bradford got the game off to an unbelievable start, reducing the hosts to 6-4.

Penniston struck with only the second delivery, when a short ball found an outside edge, and a similar delivery from Bradford carried to Paul Martin at second slip.

Bradford had an appeal turned down, but a few deliveries later trapped James Kimber LBW, and without adding to the score a Penniston delivery was directed straight to gully.

Rasen old boy Richard Bishop and Grant Wilkins took Lindum to 36 before Bradford claimed his third wicket, and home captain Johnny Miller was soon on his way, edging Bradford to Liam Scales who took a wondrous low catch (36-6).

Lindum’s lower order resisted as Will Taylor (25) and Australian Ryan Sneddon (10) bludgeoned Lindum back into respectable territory, but at 84-7, Rutherford came on and brought back Penniston.

The captain bowled the dangerous Taylor and Penniston gave Scales his third victim as Sneddon fell to a fantastic catch standing up to the stumps.

Rutherford ended Lindum’s innings on 98 as Martin took his second catch to cap another great display in the field.

With further rain keeping the pitch lively, Bell and Bradford opened the run chase and dominated the early exchanges.

Finding gaps in the attacking field, Rasen quickly moved to 41-0 before a bowling change gave the home side hope.

Last season’s leading wicket-taker Miller struck with only his second ball as Bradford’s ill-advised shot found a Lindum fielder, out for 22.

Scales managed 16 balls before falling to a similar fate as Miller struck again.

Australian paceman Sneddon entered the attack as the changing weather swung the momentum back to Lindum and sent Williams a near unplayable delivery which found the outside edge.

Bell and Rutherford looked to move the chase on before Bell was dismissed in bizarre fashion. Looking to play a short Miller delivery off his back foot, Bell smashed his bat into his own wickets.

Now precariously standing at 57-4 thoughts began to wander back to recent batting woes, but knowing the importance of a win on a weekend when no other teams had played, Rasen asserted themselves brilliantly.

Rutherford and Martin brought Rasen within 20 runs of victory before the latter was tremendously caught by Miller off his own bowling.

Rasen lost two further wickets, but were delighted to chase down the total on a challenging pitch.

Lindum: 98.

Bowling: R. Penniston 8-1-26-3; W. Bradford 10-1-42-4; P. Martin 6-1-21-1; M. Rutherford 3.1-1-7-2.

Rasen: G. Bell 21, W. Bradford 22, L. Scales 3, I. Williams 0, M. Rutherford 15*, P. Martin 10, D. Papworth 4, D. Scales 0, I. Nash 0*, extras 24, Total: 99-7.