Boston Cricket Club gain ground on leaders Grantham - despite abandonment

Peter Mitchell.
Peter Mitchell.

Boston Cricket Club have gained a point on league leaders Grantham - despite their match against Belton Park being abandoned on Saturday.

After a week of glorious weather, Tom Baxter’s side had their sights set on 20 points as they hosted their South Lincs and Border League Premier Division oppponents, who currently sit in eighth in the table.

However, a couple of heavy downpours left the ground underwater and a game of cricket a very long way away.

The umpires finally made the decision around 1.30pm and Boston had to settle for eight points from a game in which they wanted 20 points.

At first, the second-placed Mayflower men thought this would leave them further adrift of Grantham.

But Baxter’s side were left surprised later on when news came through that the league leaders had lost away at Stamford.

And that leaves Boston now just seven points behind Grantham.

“It turned out to not be too bad a day for us,” Baxter admitted, looking on the bright side.

“We actually ended up gaining a point on Grantham. I thought we’d be out of it if Grantham won, and Stamford have done us a favour.”

Boston CC’s Second XI did see action on Saturday.

However, they lost out by 91 runs at Spalding Seconds in the South Lincs and Border League Division One.

Spalding were finally dismissed in their final over, but not until they had posted 236 runs.

Callum McNulty led the way for the Boston bowlewrs, claiming five victims for the loss of just 49 runs as well as adding a run out.

Shaun Moore claimed two wickets and Michael Troops and Sam Major both dismissed an opponent.

Wih the bat, a stubborn Boston could not keep up with the run rate but reached 145 runs before they were finally dismissed with 42 overs played.

Gareth Epton top-scored with 28 runs.

Other good totals came courtesy of McNulty (22), Dave Gilding (16), Karl Pick (14 not out) and Tom Poole (11).

Boston’s Sunday Seconds earned a 41-run victory at Heckington in the Lincoln and District Sunday League Premier Division.

Peter Mitchell struck 68 runs for Boston - who sit third in the table - as the Mayflower men finished their 40 overs on 188-6.

Top support came from Kieran Evans (39), Luke Gilding (31) and Rowan Evans (16).

In response, Boston dismissed Heckington for 147 runs with five overs remaining.

Scott Elleray claimed four wickets for the loss of 21 runs.

Matthew Poole and Kieran Evans both took three victims in the victory.