Boston CC victory suggests Premier League title race is not over

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BOSTON Cricket Club captain Paul Timby reckons that Saturday’s victory over Bracebridge Heath has shown the league leaders the race for the Lincs ECB Premier title is not over yet.

The Mayflower men inflicted Bracebridge’s first defeat of the campaign on Saturday, storming to an eight-wicket success, with Colin Cheer taking five wickets and younger brother Jonathan hitting 128 not out.

The lLincoln side may still hold a 40-point lead over second-placed Boston, but are cracks starting to develop?

“Bracebridge still have a good lead, but we have bridged the gap,” Timby said.

“They will still be the favourites, but if they begin to lose a few more matches then anything can happen.”

Victory was particularly sweet for Colin Cheer as he claimed his five victims in front of Lincolnshire’s director of cricket Mark Fell after recently being dropped from the county squad.

“Colin’s bowled beautifully all season, but it’s nice for him to get his rewards against three county batsmen,” Timby added. “To do it in front of the director of cricket will be pleasing for him.”

Boston Firsts will continue to try to make ground on Bracebridge this weekend as they travel to face Lindum, after recording a 78-run league victory over them in May.

This weekend the Mayflower men will be without both unavailable Cheer brothers and injured bowler Elliot Wilson.

However, Timby remains positive, adding: “We may be without our three marquee players, but we’ve got a lot of confidence in the camp and we believe we can beat any team.

“Everyone here knows cricket is a team game.

“We’ve proven that if one player doesn’t have a particularly good game, there is always someone else ready to step up.

“That’s the reason why we’ve been successful so far this season.”