Boston Cricket Club’s Second XI began their season with a comfortable seven-wicket victory at Spalding’s second string.
With the first team having a week off, a number of regulars got a run-out for the Boston side.
And that included captain Tom Baxter, deputising for the absent Gareth Epton, who won the toss and elected to bowl.
Scott Elleray and Haffi Mazhar were straight on the money, making scoring difficult in this South Lincs and Border League Division One contest.
Mazhar picked up Boston’s first wicket with an LBW decision before Elleray took his first wicket in the next over, dismissing Simon Juckes for seven.
Boston didn’t have to wait long for the next wicket, it falling only a ball later after a mix up which saw opening bowlers Mazhar and Elleray combine for the run-out.
Mazhar found the edge of the bat to dismiss Thomas after a great catch at slip by Steve Elleray.
With the introduction of slow bowling, Acorn Taxis man of the match Paul Deans found his lines quickly when he picked up a wicket with his first ball.
The same happened in the next over when Baxter picked up the vital wicket of Ansar Hussain for 26.
Deans bowled tightly, giving nothing away as he picked up two further wickets in his 10 over spell.
As a partnership was starting to build, Baxter turned to Elleray who struck on his return ending the innings with two more wickets to bowl Spalding out for 74.
With the score on 12, Kieran Evans (10) edged the ball to gully to give Spalding their first wicket.
Peter Moore hit 23 before he was caught, while Saihan Azim made 18 before being trapped LBW.
Baxter (14) and Luke Gilding (one) guided Boston to victory on 75-3.
Boston Thirds lost by 221 runs at home to Claypole in Division Three.
Oliver Thurlby (three), Kevin Brooks (three), Charlie Ward (two) and Dave Gilding took the wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 262.
Boston were dismissed for 41, with Sean Barnett (14) and Kevin manning (nine) top scoring.
A day later, Boston’s Sunday First team were beaten by Sleaford’s Sunday Firsts by six wickets.
Tom Baxter (43), Luke Gilding (36), Ben Troops (13) and Charlie Ward (nine) led Boston to 133-8 after 40 overs in this Lincoln and District League Premier Division match.
But 84 not out from Warren Nel helped Sleaford to 138-4.
Lewis Holmes (two), Charlie Ward and Paul Deans took the Sleaford scalps with the ball.