Baxter has ‘big gaps’ to fill ahead of Belton showdown

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

Tom Baxter admits he has ‘big gaps’ to fill ahead of Saturday’s contest at Belton Park.

The Mayflower men will be looking to consolidate top spot in the South Lincs and Border League this weekend.

But if they are to do so they will have to earn victory without opening bowler Sam Elliott and wicketkeeper Matthew Hood.

However, captain Baxter believes he can bring in strong replacements from the club’s second string.

He said: “We will clearly miss Hoody and Sam this week.

“Our opening bowler and our wicketkeeper will be big gaps to fill, but we have players that can come in and do a job in the respective field.”

Belton Park are a mid-table side that Boston need to be beating if they are to stay at the top of the South Lincs and Border Premier Division.

At the halfway stage, of the campaign, Baxter has re-iterated that the method of success in the Boston changing room is not to get involved in long term aims, but to focus on putting in the best performances possible week-in and week-out.

“We will be going into the game as favourites but that means nothing,” Baxter added.

“We must work hard and show why we are where we are in the table.”

Reflecting on Boston’s 234-run success against Lindum Ramblers, the skipper added: “We have really turned them over.

“They had some very good cricketers but our performance levels were as high as was expected.

“People will be wanting us to slip up.

“We just have to keep going, one game at a time.”

Belton Park sit in seventh place with four wins, four defeats and two abandonments from their 10 matches to date.

Saturday’s fixture will begin at 1.30pm.