BOSTON Firsts slipped down to third place in the Lincs ECB Premier League, after suffering a 176-run defeat against Lindum.
A week after defeating runaway leaders Bracebridge Heath, the under-strength Mayflower men were missing top bowlers Elliott Wilson and Colin Cheer, and it showed as Lindum finished their 50 overs on 239.
Openers Pierce Morley-Barnes and Richard Bishop went for 27 and 24 respectively, as Boston looked to be off to a good start.
Morley-Barnes was run out by Tim Bell and Bishop bowled by Paul Deans.
However, their dismissals allowed Luke Robinson to make his way to crease, where he finished on 117 not out.
Deans dismissed Alex Hornsby for 34, Tom Baxter bowled Geoff Middleton for seven and Matt Ward caught Dale Christie off Scott Elleray for a duck.
But with Matthew Rutherford chipping in with nine not out, Lindum set the pace.
And Boston could not get close to their hosts’ score.
With Jonny Cheer – who scored more than 200 runs last weekend – also unavailable, Boston could not get into their groove.
Things went sour when opener Matt Ward was caught and bowled by Matthew Bursa for five runs.
It was bowler Stuart Turner who did most of the damage though, dismissing seven Boston batsmen.
Tim Norris was caught off Richard Bishop for four, while fellow Turner victims Josh Newton, Kieran Evans, Scottv Elleray and Tim Bell all went for ducks.
Matthew Poole (10) and Paul Timby (11) were also sent back to the pavilion by Turner, while Paul Deans was dismissed by Matt Benson without scoring as Boston slumped to 63 runs in less than 30 overs.
Tom Baxter’s 15 not out was the highlight of the day for Boston.
Bourne now take their place in second.