Boston Cricket Club sign Australian duo

Boston. Saturday 26 April 2014.'Sport. Cricket. Boston CC 'Boston Cricket Club 1st XI (First Eleven)'Headshots'Kieran Evans EMN-140505-110800001
Boston. Saturday 26 April 2014.'Sport. Cricket. Boston CC 'Boston Cricket Club 1st XI (First Eleven)'Headshots'Kieran Evans EMN-140505-110800001

Boston Cricket Club have recruited Australian duo Ryan Croom and Ben Vella for the 2015 season.

Croom ended the 2014 campaign at Boston after coming over for a year’s sightseeing, and his ability was evident in his four First XI games as he averaged 60 with the bat.

“He fitted in brilliantly,” said captain Tom Baxter.

“He played his cricket hard but loved the social with the lads too.

“He showed his class last year and we are pleased he can come over again.”

With Croom holding a British passport, it allows Boston’s overseas cricketer to be Vella, a good friend and teammate of Croom Down Under.

Vella is a talented all-rounder that will be a very useful addition to the Boston squad.

“I’ve seen some stats about him,” Baxter added.

“Stats don’t always tell the whole story but Croomy has spoken of his ability and I’m happy with that.”

Both lads are coming off the back of successful seasons for their club, Georges River, a club that holds links with Boston Cricket Club.

Lee Brooks, Colin Cheer, Jon Cheer, Dan Milgate, Liam Aggett and Tom Aggett have all turned out for both sides over the past few years.

Boston Cricket Club have really gone out and strengthened during the winter in a bid to go one better than last year’s runners-up spot in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

Baxter continued: “Competition for places can only ever be a good thing.

“Having a group of 15 or 16 players that think they should be in the First XI is a great problem to have.

“If they’re not in, it’s their perogative to get in, whereas, if they make the 11, it’s their shirt and they have to perform to keep it.”

Last season’s leading run scorer Kieran Evans will miss part of the season due to university commitments.

Evans has been a key member of the team for the last three years and has improved significantly over that time.

“Of course he will be missed,” said Baxter.

“I am hoping he will be available for a few at the start due to the university Easter break, but with him missing it is up to the others to prove they can be the leading run getter.”