Boston Cricket Club suffer league and cup defeats

Gareth Epton sends down a delivery for Boston Seconds.
Gareth Epton sends down a delivery for Boston Seconds.

BOSTON Cricket Club’s First XI suffered defeat in the Lincs ECB Premier and National Club Championships...

Lincs ECB Premier

Boston 133, Woodhall Spa 134-2 – Woodhall won by eight wickets.

BOSTON’S First XI suffered an eight-wicket defeat at rivals Woodhall Spa.

On an overcast day at Jubilee Park, both captains were hoping to win the toss and exploit the overhead conditions. Woodhall skipper Jack Luffman won the toss and chose to bowl.

Boston’s openers Jonny Cheer and Danny Hegarty made a steady start, leading Boston to 30-1 as Connor Parsons struck Hegarty in front.

Richard Tomlin entered the fray and his bad luck continued, soon on his way, bowled by Parsons for a duck.

Cheer and Tom Baxter, at the crease for the second week running, set about building a good platform.

Baxter was dismissed by Matthew Sargeant for nine, after adding a 45 run partnership with opener Jonny Cheer, who went on to make 59.

But 75-2 became 94-8 as Boston lost six wickets for 19 runs.

Luckily for Boston, the tail, comprising of Colin Cheer, Scott Elleray and Tim Bell, wagged and added a further 40 runs between them.

With Boston bowled out for 133, the bowlers would have to try and dig them out of trouble.

Woodhall’s bowlers bowled tightly throughout and special mention must go to former Boston overseas player Dan Milgate, who finished with figures of 5-10 off 7.1 overs.

With the ball, Boston set about their task in a positive fashion.

Colin Cheer beat the bat many times within his opening spell, but the Woodhall openers stood firm.

Cheer dismissed his close friend and former team-mate Ricky Lovelace for 18.

In came Woodhall Spa’s new signing Ben O’Brien, who set about getting the game won quickly.

A few lusty blows later and O’Brien reached 50 before finding the hands of Matt Poole in the deep, off the bowling of Paul Timby.

Woodhall knocked off the rest without the loss of another wicket, recording an eight-wicket win.

Opener Jack Hughes batted throughout, making 48 not out for his side.

ECB National Club Championships

Great Witchingham 279-4, Boston 82 - Great Witchingham won by 197 runs.

BOSTON Firsts’ run in the ECB National Club Championships came to an end at Great Witchingham.

Making the lengthy trip to Norwich, they faced a side which contained four Minor Counties Cricketers.

It was always going to be a tough test for an inexperienced Boston side, made up of First and Second-teamers.

Captain Tom Baxter again lost the toss, but this time Boston would be in the field.

Facing an uphill battle, Boston set about containing Great Witchingham.

Scott Elleray dismissed Norfolk captain James Spelman in the early overs, which brought Norfolk youngster Sam Arthurton to the crease.

Boston battled hard in the field in very tough conditions.

Great Witchingham continued to score runs and, at one point, Boston would have settled for 350.

A big effort from the bowlers dragged that down to see them finish on 279-4, with Sam Arthurton finishing on 137.

The five bowlers, Elleray, Colin Cheer, Hafi Mazhar, Tim Bell and Jack Timby can be proud of their efforts and count themselves unlucky not to have picked up more wickets.

Boston’s batting again proved disappointing. They were at 52-9 when Mazhar and Cheer put on a 30-run partnership before the latter was caught and bowled to end the match.

South Lincs and Border

League Division Two

Welby 177, Boston 2nds 162-6 – Welby won by 15 runs.

BOSTON Cricket Club’s Seconds suffered a 15-run defeat at home to Welby – but they remain on top of the South Lincs and Border League Division Two.

After winning the toss, the Seconds opted to bowl.

After making early headway, Boston’s bowlers came unstuck against the middle order, with Simon Meadows (49) and Stephen Wilson (59) giving Welby’s score a much healthier look.

However, Boston bowled their opponents out for 177 in the 44th over.

Boston’s Paul Kelly took four wickets for the loss of 31 runs.

Charlie Ward and Paul Deans both claimed two victims, while Sam Major chipped in with one wicket.

In bat, Boston could not reach their target, finishing on 162-6.

Deans top-scored with a fine 45 not out, while captain Luke Gilding added 28.

Further good scores came from Gareth Epton (15), Matthew Hood (19), Paul Tetther (10), Jack Timby (11) and Sam Major (13 not out).

South Lincs and Border

League Division Three

Boston Thirds 148-4, Claypole 130 - Boston won by 18 runs.

A FIVE-wicket haul and 46 runs from Charles Lenton helped Boston Thirds to victory over Claypole.

After being put into bat, Boston didn’t get off to a great start with openers Dave Gilding (six) and Steve Bursnell (11) quickly being dismissed.

Kevin Manning went for a duck before Lenton struck his 46 runs and Peter Mitchell added 60 not out.

The Thirds began brightly with the ball. Lenton claimed his first victim when Steven Ryder was caught by Callum McNulty for 37. Further catches from McNulty and Gilding helped Lenton to his five wickets.

Further dismissals came from Tom Appleyard, who sent three victims back to the pavillion, and Lee Brooks and Sam Holmes. Thirteen-year-old Lewis Holmes also kept a cool head to bowl 10 good overs. Claypole were bowled out for 130 in the 42nd over.