BOSTON Cricket Club’s Firsts suffered defeat at reigning champions Bracebridge Heath, but the Seconds and Thirds both won...
Lincs ECB Premier
Bracebridge Heath 183-9, Boston 1sts 83 – Bracebridge won by 100 runs.
BOSTON Firsts were still looking for their first win of the Lincs ECB Premier campaign on Saturday – but they suffered defeat at Bracebridge Heath.
With them travelling to the reigning champions, it was always going to be hard work.
Bracebridge Heath won the toss and elected to bat.
The hot weather had finally made it’s way to Lincolnshire for a game of cricket and Boston would have both the opposition and the heat to deal with.
Colin Cheer started where he left off last week.
He beat the bat of both openers, Nick John and Vikram Atri.
Cheer dismissed Atri, caught behind to give Australian Danny Hegarty his first victim in First XI cricket.
This brought Brett Houston to the crease, who set about building his innings. These two put on 76 before Cheer dismissed John in the same way as his opening partner.
At 89-2, Bracebridge Heath would have been looking to push on, but Boston worked hard in the field and never gave up.
Captain Tom Baxter claimed another wicket, removing Hymie Bentley for 11 before Houston pulled one to Tim Bell on the fence.
Boston managed to keep them to 183-9 off their 50 overs.
Cheer ended with figures of 4-44 off his 16 overs, Baxter managed 3-50 off 17, while Paul Timby chipped in with 2-32 off seven.
After the interval, Boston were positive about setting about recording their first win of the season.
Hegarty was soon back in the pavillon, being given out lbw to Jonathan Darke.
Baxter joined Jonny Cheer and, as they were settling in, a mix up saw Cheer run out for seven.
Baxter was caught behind off Houston, before the spinners came on and did the damage.
Matt Bradley and Jason Trembath ended with four and three wickets respectively as Boston could only muster 83 in reply.
Timby (16) and Colin Cheer (14) were the only two batsmen to manage double figures.
Debutant Louis Goulder who was excellent throughout for Boston.
South Lincs and Border
League Division Two
Spalding 2nds 128, Boston 2nds 132-2 – Boston won by eight wickets.
FOUR wickets from Paul Kelly and a half century from Richard Tomlin helped Boston Seconds to a comfortable victory over Spalding Seconds.
With Spalding beginning in bat, Kelly began working his way through the opposing batsmen.
M. East was bowled lbw for 10 before fellow opening batsman Lee Eyett was dismissed for 42.
Ashley Rex went for 15, caught by Luke Gilding off Sam Major before two Spalding batsmen went for ducks.
Matthew Hood caught Daven Naghen off Paul Deans, before the same man stumped Tom Dale following Kelly’s delivery.
From this point, Spalding managed just 42 further runs as Kelly finished on 40-21 off eight.
Major claimed three victims while Deans (two) and Hafi Mazhar also took wickets.
With the bat, Boston reached their winning target in less than 28 overs.
Richard Tomlin, stepping down from the Firsts, had little trouble, scoring 53 not out.
Further top scores came from Gareth Epton (24), Luke Gilding (14) and Matt Poole (26 not out) as the Mayflower men claimed victory.
South Lincs and Border
League Division Three
Grantham 2nds 189, Boston 3rds 195-6 – Boston won by four wickets.
SEAN Barnett struck 67 not out to fire Boston Thirds to victory over Grantham Seconds.
Beginning with the bat, Grantham posted a good 189 runs before being bowled out.
Austen Imber was their leading light as he hit 66 not out.
However, his teammates struggled to cope with the Boston bowlers.
Opener Mark Donnellan’s 32, before he hit his own wicket, was the only other score greater than 14.
For Boston, Peter Moore claimed four wickets for the loss of 14 runs, while veterans Dave Gilding and Kev Brooks also chipped in with wickets.
In reply, Boston set about earning victory within 29 overs.
Captain Dave Gilding opened with 34.
Teenager Jack Timby added 13 and Tom Poole scored 20.
But a fine unbeaten 67 from Barnett – one run more than Grantham’s Imber – helped Boston beyond the finish line.
Lincoln and District Sunday League Premier Division
Boston Sunday 1sts 294-3, Nettleham 91 - Boston won by 203 runs.
BOSTON’S Sunday Firsts earned a stunning 203-run victory over Nettleham on Sunday.
Competing in the Lincoln and District Sunday League Premier Division for the first time this campaign, they returned with devastating effect.
Australian Danny Hegarty struck 75 runs before being bowled out while Tom Baxter top scored with 83 not out.
Further runs came courtesy of youngster Louis Goulder.
Joining Baxter in an unbeaten 153-run stand, he notched 72 not out.
Boston’s bowlers then dismissed the Nettleham attack for just 91 runs.
Lincoln and District Sunday League Division One
Boston Sunday 2nds 50, Owmby 52-9 - Owmby won by nine wickets.
BOSTON Sunday Seconds lost by nine wickets at Owmby.
Only openers Dave Gilding and Peter Moore reached double figures for Boston.
Gilding hit 10 runs and Moore added a further 18.
In reply, Owmby needed just 11.2 overs to reach their winning target.
Samuel Atkin was caught by Tom Poole off Paul Kelly for 19.
But 24 runs from Neil Looker and seven from Joe Atkin was enough to see them through to victory.