Lincs ECB Premier: Louth boss winning draw at Market Rasen

Louth CC openers Matt Hamilton (left) and Laurence Scott go out to open the innings against Market Rasen EMN-150817-183242002
Louth CC openers Matt Hamilton (left) and Laurence Scott go out to open the innings against Market Rasen EMN-150817-183242002

Louth CC kept themselves in the hunt for a top four finish with a winning draw at local rivals Market Rasen on Saturday.

The First XI narrowly failed to win at Rase Park but their 15-point haul left them sixth in the Lincs ECB Premier Division, and within 14 points of fourth-placed Bourne.

Skipper Andy Carrington won the toss and had first bat on an excellent pitch.

Laurence Scott fell early as he edged a Dan Quinlan delivery to first slip where 12th man Andy Quinlan took a superb catch.

But the muggy conditions soon lifted and opener Matt Hamilton formed excellent second and third wicket partnerships with Rory Osmond (23) and Jason Collinson (46). When his wicket fell to Fussey, he had made 86 from 101 balls.

Wickets were hard to come by for the hosts and as Louth reached 200 they began to play with even more freedom.

It was a difficult day in the field as a 29-ball half-century from wicketkeeper Graham West (51 not out) and 31 from Tom Corden helped the visitors rack up 293-6 from their 50 overs.

Facing a difficult run chase, Rasen’s openers David Papworth and Will Bradford took the attack to Louth and had soon put on 50 before Papworth was stumped by West off the bowling of Nic Keast.

Rasen lost their second wicket only one run later as Charlie Scales was bowled by Corden for one.

Bradford continued his steady form and took his season total past the 300 mark before he edged Corden to Hamilton in the slips for 31.

Dale Christie smashed a massive six and punishing four before he became Keast’s second victim of the game, holing out to Richard Bell while attempting another expansive shot.

Playing his first game since returning from injury, Graeme Bell punished the bowling and built a solid stand with Rutherford.

Bell took 31 runs from three overs as he took the chase by the scruff of the neck and pulled Rasen back into contention, racing to 46 from 44 balls before Corden bowled him.

With the score on 136-5, Louth scented victory, while Rasen were now looking for bonus points.

The excellent Keast took the prized wicket of Rutherford, caught and bowled for 40, and then had Liam Scales caught behind for 12 after another useful partnership with Ian Williams.

Keast completed his five-for when he had Dan Quinlan stumped without scoring, to leave the visitors just two wickets from the win.

But Fussey (11 not out) and Williams (34 not out) held out, blasting Rasen to 227-8 and two additional bowling points.

On Saturday, Louth return to action at home to Grantham who sit eighth, but just five points adrift.