Boston CC look to extend their SLBL Premier lead

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

Boston CC Firsts travel to Long Sutton on Saturday, looking to build on their impressive start to the season.

The South Lincs and Border League Premier Division pacesetters are eager to extend their 11-point lead over second-placed Sleaford Seconds.

With Kieran Evans back from university, his availability adds competition for places in an already strong Boston side.

“We will be at full strength on Saturday,” said captain Tom Baxter.

“We will be looking for another good performance.

“Of course it is a game that we should and will be expected to win, but we will only do that if we are fully prepared and put in a big performance.”

Long Sutton sit in mid-table and have two bowlers joint-leading the bowling stats this year.

Rob Simpson and James Wright both have 18 wickets this year and with Barry Stanway in their side, Long Sutton will be expected to be strong with the ball.

“They have been predominantly better with ball than the bat, but I personally believe their pitch has suited the bowlers in the past couple of years,” Baxter added.

Saturday’s SLBL fixtures were a washout.

Boston’s match against Stamford Town was called off at the 11th hour on Saturday, seeing both sides leave with eight points.

“Of course it is disappointing not to pick up another victory against a team in the bottom four but the other teams around us only picked up eight so we are in exactly the same position,” Baxter added.

“We are two games away from the halfway stage of the season and we set ourselves a target of being in the top three come the mid-point of the season.”

Boston’s Sunday Firsts earned a 69-run Lincoln and District Premier Division victory over Woodhall Spa on Sunday.

Charlie Roberts (38), Ryan Croom (32), Tom Poole (20), Ben Troops (18) and Luke Gilding (15) helped Boston post 166-8.

Spa were dismissed for 97 with Scott Elleray, Tim Bell, Tom Baxter and Luke Gilding taking two wickets apiece. Ben Troops chipped in with a wicket and a runout.