Baxter refuses to underestimate Stamford contest

Tom Baxter.

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Boston CC Firsts host Stamford on Saturday, hoping to extend their lead at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

The weekend’s 223-run victory over basement side Moulton Harrox means the Mayflower men remain top of the table, 11 points clear of Sleaford Seconds.

However, captain Tom Baxter believes that hosting eighth-placed Stamford will not be as straightforward.

Stamford have won just two matches to date, losing the other six - but Boston have faced their old rivals enough times to know not to write them off.

“We have had some good close games with Stamford over the past few years and they have the potential to put out a good side,” Baxter said.

“All of our focus will be on our own performances though.

“If we perform to our best, then we should be fine.

“If we perform to our best and lose, then we could not have done anymore.”

Reflecting on the victory over Moulton Harrox, Baxter complimented Ben Vella on his 127 runs.

“It was a great innings and it put us in a great position,” the captain said.

“I’m pleased he’s got some runs.

“He deserved that and I’m sure he’ll get a lot of runs this year.

“It was a great batting display from our top six.

“Everyone got in, but only Ben really went on and cashed in on a great batting track.”

Baxter and Vella also ran a six after a shot from the Aussie became lodged in a tree which stands inside the boundary.

“It was a first in my career,” Baxter added.

“First of all, a ball getting stuck in a tree, and secondly having to run six runs, knowing you wouldn’t be run out.”

Saturday’s match against Stamford begins at 1.30pm at the Mayflower.