Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
Market Rasen 123 all out
Skegness 124 for 4
Skegness (20pts) beat Market Rasen (1pt) by six wickets
Skegness registered their second consecutive maximum with a comfortable win over bottom team Market Rasen.
Four-wicket hauls from bowler Pradeep Chanditha and all-rounder Brendan Young set up this victory, which was sealed by another solid batting performance.
The match got off to the most bizarre of starts, with the ball lost after just one delivery. Yes, a no ball bowled by Young took a deflection and splashed into the stream behind the stumps, bobbing away from Rase Park to take no further part in the action.
Young followed this up with a maiden over, before Tom Cuthbert took the first wicket with the score on 11.
In Young’s next over Sebastian Darke was removed for a duck and an over later he had claimed the wickets of David Papworth and Tom Boryszczuk.
So the home side was reeling on 20 for 4 and the fifth wicket, that of Graeme Bell, leg before to Young, came with the score on 33.
At this stage Young had figures of 4 for 10, and so Rasen’s highest partnership of 34 between Paul Martin and Dale Christie offered them a welcome respite.
But normal service was soon resumed and the introduction of Chanditha into the attack restored the pressure.
He finished with 4 for 23 from his 7.1 overs, a spell that included no wides or no balls.
Rasen, playing their first home game of a rain-affected season, added 48 runs for the last two wickets, but their score of 123 from 30.1 overs was certainly getable, especially with the extra 19 overs available to the seasiders should they require them.
The Skegness innings got off to a dramatic start with Scott Tallott dismissed without facing a ball.
The hero of the previous week’s victory over Grimsby, Tallott, was backing up when fellow opener Jamie Epton smacked a Matthew Rutherford delivery back towards the bowler’s end. Rutherford instinctively touched the ball onto the stumps before Tallott could get back to the safety of his crease and Skegness were 1 for 1.
A 62-run partnership between Epton and Pete Houghton helped Skegness to the halfway mark before both fell in quick succession.
And then Rutherford slowed things down, bowling six maidens in his last seven overs to put pressure on the visitors. Paul Butler finally lost patience and presented Christie with a catch as he tried to speed things up. But if Rasen were pleased to see the back of the former county player they were soon brought down to earth by Young entering the fray.
He may have taken 10 balls to get off the mark, but then hit 31 off 15, including four huge sixes. Indeed, he was responsible for a second ball being lost. It was last seen floating away downstream after he cleared the sight screen with another huge shot.
The win was secured in the 39th over opening up some breathing space between Skegness and the bottom three and giving them a welcome boost ahead of the visit to Richmond Drive of local rivals Louth on Saturday.
Market Rasen - M Rutherford ct Brackley b Cuthbert 5; D Papworth ct Tallott b Young 3;
S Darke lbw b Young 0; G Bell lbw b Young 12; T Boryszczuk ct Tallott b Young 0; P Martin ct Farooq b Brackley 21; D Christie ct M Chamberlain b Chanditha 20; R Chamberlin ct Houghton b Chanditha 23; T Bradford ct & b Chanditha 0; J Fussey not out 15; N Keast ct Epton b Chanditha 4.
Total (all out) 123
Bowling - B Young 11-3-38-4; T Cuthbert 7-0-30-1; N Brackley 5-1-25-1; P Chanditha 7.1-1-23-4.
Skegness - J Epton b Boryszczuk 22; S Tallott run out (Rutherford) 0; P Houghton lbw b Rutherford 38; N Brackley not out 20; P Butler ct Christie b Rutherford 7; B Young not out 31; S Chamberlain) U Farooq) P Chanditha) did not bat M Chamberlain) T Cuthbert)
Total (for 4 wkts) 124
Bowling - J Fussey 7-0-18-0; M Rutherford 17-9-36-2; P Martin 2-0-14-0; T Boryszczuk 10.2-1-32-1; Keast 2-0-23-0.