Market Rasen U15s edge past Louth in thrilling victory

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Four wickets from Caitlin Phillips helped Market Rasen Under 15s to a thrilling derby win against Louth last week.

Louth won the toss in the Grimsby and District League match and batted first.

Captain Richard Bell and wicket-keeper William Laughton gave the visitors a dream start, putting on 65 until Bell reached 40 and retired.

Phillips came on at second change and had an immediate effect, bowling Laughton for 19. She then ran through the middle order, having Luke Johnson (0) caught by Rory Miller, Harry King (4) caught by Benjamin Quilter and then bowled Matthew Ashford without scoring.

Luke Freeman’s unbeaten 25 helped the away side reach 102-4 from their allotted 20 overs.

Rasen’s reply began badly when Mark Bedford was bowled by Jack Leeming for just five, and Miller was castled by Freeman for eight.

Nic Keast and Adam Cook helped consolidate, but when the former was out caught for a brisk 17, the game was still in the balance at 61-3.

Cook (27 not out) continued to play the anchor role as Connor Janney came in and played a swashbuckling unbeaten 28 from just 23 balls to carry Rasen to a seven-wicket win with just one ball to spare.

Louth: W. Laughton 19, R. Bell 40 retd, L. Freeman 24, L. Johnson 0, H. King 4, M. Ashford 0, J. Leeming 1*, Extras 14. Total: 102-4.

Bowling: C. Janney 3-0-13-0; M. Quinlan 3-1-3-0; R. Miller 4-0-27-0; N. Keast 4-1-17-0; A. Cook 2-0-16-0; C. Phillips 3-0-10-4; A. Ramsey 1-0-8-0.

Rasen: A. Cook 27*, M. Bedford 5, R. Miller 8, N. Keast 17, C. Janney 28*, Extras 21. Total: 106-3.

Bowling: J. Leeming 4-1-14-1; L. Freeman 4-0-14-1; L. Johnson 4-0-24-0; H. King 2-0-17-0; R. Bell 4-0-19-1; M. Ashford 1-0-4-0; E. King 0.5-0-12-0.