Wells smashes Middle to top of the league

North Scarle vs Middle Rasen

MIDDLE Rasen bounced back from a seven run defeat to Branston in great fashion.

Despite missing regulars Kevin Salmon, Dan Norburn and Chris Potter, Middle welcomed new signing Kevin Miller into the side along with the returning Aaron wells and Carl Robinson.

Winning a third consecutive toss, skipper Richard Boryszczuk again elected to bowl first and again this proved a good decision.

Darren Salmon opened up with Carl Robinson, and it was Salmon who made a breakthrough in the third over, removing the dangerous Chris Hogg for just two.

Middle didn’t have to wait long to claim the next wicket when in the 10th over Carl Robinson removed both Jones and Baker for three and zero, the latter being caught fantastically with a one handed dive from keeper Tom Bradford.

With the score on 24-3, Boryszczuk introduced himself and fellow spinner Ivan Nash into the attack. With some tight bowling and runs came slowly as both were getting plenty of turn out of the pitch.

It was Nash who made the breakthrough just as Sutton and Geeson were starting to add a few runs.

Geeson smashed the ball, which looked to be heading for the boundary, but debut man Kevin Miller made a fantastic running diving catch to take the wicket and from here on Middle quickly brought an end to the innings of North Scarle.

Sutton, who was on 48 and looking the only real danger of scoring runs, was calamitously run out by tail ender Denton two short of his half century, much to his anger.

Nash then followed up taking another three wickets, ending his excellent spell with 4-31 from his 10 overs and Boryszczuk ending with 1-27.

With just one wicket left Robinson was brought back into the attack and took just five balls to bring the innings to an end as Nash caught Froggatt, leaving Robinson with excellent figures of 3-9 and North Scarle 81 all out

With Potter unavailable there was a space opening the batting and Aaron Wells took the chance with open arms.

Opening with Ivan Nash these two added 27 before Nash left a straight one, getting bowled for three.

Middle then raced to 65 before they lost the next wicket when Wells, who had smashed 52 of the runs, was bowled after an explosive innings, hitting five sixes and three fours, including a six which was absolutely massive, clearing the ground and ending up half way down the field behind the changing rooms at North Scarle.

With just 16 needed to wrap up victory there was time for Salmon and Quinlan to both depart for nine and eight respectively, leaving Tom Bradford and Kevin Miller to see Middle comfortably home and move them to top of the league.