Boston Cricket Club captain Baxter remains positive ahead of Skegness clash

Boston 1st XI v Lincoln Lindum cricket action.'Richard Tomlin in action for Boston.
Boston 1st XI v Lincoln Lindum cricket action.'Richard Tomlin in action for Boston.

BOSTON Cricket Club captain Tom Baxter believes his side can fight their way out of the relegation zone.

The Mayflower men currently sit in the danger zone as, with seven matches gone, they are still to win their first Lincs ECB Premier clash.

However, Baxter - who hadn’t even won a toss in his rein until the weekend - believes his side are starting to turn a corner, following the weekend’s clash at Lindum.

“Still no win, but at least I have managed to win the toss of a coin now,” he shrugged.

“We are seven matches in and we are stuck in the relegation zone.

“Admittedly, this doesn’t look too good, but there are signs of improvement.

“On Saturday, we got close, we lost by 22 runs.

“But the performance as a whole was much improved from previous weeks.”

Baxter still has faith in his bowling attack and is confident this will help his side climb the table.

“On the bowling front, I strongly believe that we have a good attack for this level of cricket.

“Again, we did ourselves credit with the ball, I managed to pick up six wickets, but I look on it as 10 wickets for our bowling unit.

“The pressure that both Colin Cheer and Scott Elleray built up in the early overs forced the batsmen to play some shots against the spinners and, luckily for me, I could pick up a few scalps.”

However, Baxter believes the positives shouldn’t stop there.

He continued: “Fielding wise, I believe we have the potential to be the best side in the league.

“We work hard at training on our fielding and it was evident on Saturday with a fantastic effort in the field.

“Yes, we made a few mistakes, but name me a side in world cricket that doesn’t make mistakes.”

Turning his attention to the bat, Baxter added: “With the bat, it is a completely different picture.

“We are still struggling to muster enough runs.

“One thing that is letting us down at the moment is that we are giving our own wickets away.

“On a positive, we are improving and all 11 of the side are capable of scoring runs.

“We have a big four weeks up to the halfway point of the season, and as a team we have set an aim to climb out of the bottom two by that point.”

On Saturday, Boston Firsts host Skegness in the Premier League.

In the South Lincs and Border League, the Seconds are away at Billingborough in Division Two and the Thirds travel to Welby in their Division Three match.