half century duo secure win

Brendan Young.

Brendan Young.

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Lincolnshire ECB Premier League

Skegness 227-9, Market Rasen 105 - Skegness won by 122 runs.

Jamie Epton.

Jamie Epton.

Half centuries from Jamie Epton and Brendan Young secured maximum points for Skegness against Market Rasen at Richmond Drive.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, the seasiders were soon in trouble, losing the first three wickets for just 15 runs.

And when Norman Brackley became the first of spinner Matthew Rutherford’s five victims, things had not improved much for the home side.

But his dismissal brought together Epton and Young, who added 120 for the fifth wicket to turn the match on its head.

Both struck eight boundaries during their respective totals of 57 and 73, and a run-a-ball cameo from Sean Chamberlain helped them to within touching distance of their maximum batting points.

This was secured by Tom Cuthbert’s quickfire 10, the wagging of the Skegness tail and 33 extras.

Rasen skipper Rutherford finished with figures of 5-64 from his 14 overs, taking his total for the season to 35.

Young then picked up the ball and single-handedly reduced the visitors to 22-3.

Rasen opener Sebastian Darke put up some resistance, but after he fell with the score on 47, further wickets followed at regular intervals until Rasen were all out for 105 in the 31st over.

Fittingly it was Young who finished them off, having James Fussey caught behind by Sean Chamberlain, as he recorded figures of 4-25 off 9.2 overs.

Skegness batting: P. Chanditha ct Papworth b Darke 2; D. Nuttall ct Salmon b Darke 0; J. Epton st L Scales b Rutherford 57; W. Perera ct Papworth b Fussey 0; N. Brackley b Rutherford 9; B. Young ct Christie b Bell 73; S. Chamberlain ct Bell b Rutherford 29; U. Farooq ct Christie b Rutherford 6; T. Cuthbert lbw b Rutherford 10; M. Chamberlain not out 6; P. Houghton not out 2; Extras 33; Total (for 9 wkts) 227.

Skegness bowling: B. Young 9.2-0-25-4; U. Farooq 7-1-31-1; T. Cuthbert 6-2-10-2; P. Chanditha 7-1-35-3, N. Brackley 1-0-1-0.

On Saturday, Skegness begin the second half of their season with a trip to Grantham, starting at 12 noon.