Lincs ECB Premier: Skegness condemn Market rasen to relegation

Skegness batsman Norman Brackley smacks a six over the long on boundary during his match-winning half century. EMN-150914-115548002
Skegness batsman Norman Brackley smacks a six over the long on boundary during his match-winning half century. EMN-150914-115548002

A last-wicket stand of 62 between Norman Brackley and Mark Chamberlain helped lift Skegness to eighth in the final Lincs ECB Premier League table and condemn Market Rasen to relegation.

A maximum 20-point haul would have saved Rasen and for most of the Skegness innings this looked to be on the cards.

Some giveaway wickets, including three consecutive ducks, saw the Seasiders collapse from 74-3 to 96-9 with 16 overs left.

But the stubborn partnership of Brackley and Chamberlain rescued the visitors by giving their bowlers something to defend.

And Brendan Young didn’t disappoint.

Young has had a knack of demolishing the Rasen batting line-up and that’s exactly what he did again with another five-wicket return from his 14 overs.

Put into bat by their opponents, Skegness made a steady start and had opener Pete Houghton run out with the score on 22.

Chris Graser and captain Sean Chamberlain almost doubled the score before the Aussie was caught behind by wicket-keeper Liam Scales off James Fussey.

The Seasiders had just reached 50 when Alistair Ainsworth was on his way back to the pavilion, another victim of Scales, this time off Rasen skipper Matthew Rutherford.

Chamberlain and Dan Nuttall were going well until the visiting skipper fell to the Scales/Rutherford combination. And then Nuttall was run out, making the score 79-5.

Skegness needed someone to build a partnership, but Brackley could only stand and wince as partners came and went at the other end.

That is until Mark Chamberlain joined him with the score on 96-9.

The visitors had just lost Umar Farooq for a golden duck, and Rasen were sniffing blood and ECB survival.

But a sensible, patient innings by the last pair saw them secure two batting points by taking them to a total of 158 with just over two overs left. Brackley faced 74 balls for his half-century, while Chamberlain hit two fours and a six in his 48-ball 18.

Skegness had been thrown a lifeline and the task set for the home batsmen was a tricky one.

They were rocking on
25-5 when captain Rutherford and Paul Martin came together and put on 78 for the sixth wicket.

It was fitting that all-rounder Brackley should be the one to make the breakthrough, having Martin caught by Farooq.

Rutherford continued to nudge the total towards the target, but the tail failed to wag and when he was caught by Farooq for Young’s fifth wicket of the day, the writing was on the wall.

Rasen fell 21 runs short with the loss of James Fussey’s wicket in the 48th over.

Skegness: P. Houghton run out (Rutherford) 6, S. Chamberlain c L. Scales b Rutherford 31, C Graser c L. Scales b Fussey 9, A. Ainsworth c L. Scales b Rutherford 2, D. Nuttall run out (Bradford) 22, B. Young b Boryszcvzuk 2, N. Brackley c Papworth b Boryszczuk 52, T. Cuthbert b Boryszczuk 0, P. Chanditha c Bradford b Rutherford 0, U. Farooq c Papworth b Boryszczuk 0, M. Chamberlain 18*, Extras 16. Total: 158.

Market Rasen: 137.

Bowling: B. Young 14-1-40-5; T. Cuthbert 6-1-22-1; U. Farooq 5-0-19-0; M. Chamberlain 10-1-30-0; N. Brackley 12.3-5-19-4.