Boston First XI move back up to second spot

Scott Elleray.
Scott Elleray.

Boston Cricket Club’s First XI moved back to second place in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division table.

Tom Baxter’s side now sit eight points behind leaders Grantham as the league has reached its half way stage... following Saturday’s five wicket victory over Stamford Town.

Tom Baxter.

Tom Baxter.

When the coin came down in favour of Stamford and they chose to have a bat, it gave Boston the chance to exploit the overhead conditions.

Opening bowlers, Scott Elleray and Andy Hewitt both swung the ball early on and made runs very difficult to come by.

An early wicket for Elleray saw Stamford 5-1 off six overs.

Hewitt removed Steve Holland for 10 and Baxter’s first ball of his spell brought the wicket of Bryan Bennett for one.

Ben Peck batted sensibly for Stamford and steadied the ship with a calm innings.

After a four-over spell from Baxter, Elleray was re-introduced to the attack and picked up the wickets of Darren Lynas and Ben Peck in the same over.

At 84-5, Boston looked to bowl Stamford out cheaply.

“We bowled really well. I thought Scott and Andy started brilliantly and put the ball in the right areas,” Baxter said.

Paul Roberts joined in the wickets, picking up Neil Williams after a smart catch by Kieran Evans before a run-out from Matthew Poole removed Tom Dytham for one.

The score of 103-7 sooned turned into eight down when Baxter bowled Venkatesh Ravikumar for a duck and the skipper was also involved in the dismissal of Tom Smith, with an impressive catch off the bowling of Roberts.

Boston ended the Stamford innings in the 37th over as work from Matthew Hood behind the stumps saw Jason MacBeath dismissed off the bowling of Baxter, Stamford out on 112.

“We would have taken 112 at the start of the day and probably half way through the innings,” said Baxter. “We bowled really well and deserved to bowl them out cheaply.”

After the tea interval, Boston set about chasing down a 20-point haul.

A steady opening partnership of 31 from Evans and Hood got them started before Cunningham found the edge of Evans’ bat to dismiss him for 14.

A careful knock of 29 from Hood edged Boston even closer before he was bowled by Cunningham.

Azim, Roberts and Baxter followed very quickly, leaving Boston on 94-5.

Poole and Gilding steadied the ship and saw Boston home to a five-wicket victory.

“It wasn’t an ideal batting performance but it is another 20 points on the board,” Baxter added. “We got over the line and that is all that matters.”

Boston’s seventh victory of the season sees them move back into second place after Lindum’s loss to Bourne.

The Westwood Lakes Man of the Match was awarded to Scott Elleray for his fantastic bowling display, picking up 3-14 off nine overs.