Bourne Supremacy: Boston Cricket Club lose out to in-form rivals

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Boston returned to The Mayflower and entertained an in-form Bourne 2nd XI on Saturday – missing Paul Deans but Andy Hewitt returned.

Bourne won the toss and elected to bat first in a game that brought the second and third places of the South Lincs and Border Premier Division together.

A good start from Elleray and Mazhar saw Boston on top in the opening stages The breakthrough was made by Mazhar, dismissing Josh Bentley. Baxter entered the attack and dismissed Dunn (22) in his first over.

Bentley and Christmas both passed fifty for Bourne and were both dismissed by Baxter.

Elleray returned to the attack to pick up two wickets and Andy Hewitt bowled his 12 overs for 46 runs.

Tom Baxter said: “This innings typified our season. Excellent at times, horrific at others.

“We fought back well to restrict them to 209.

“We dropped four catches. I don’t think we have dropped four all year. It wasn’t our best performance.”

After the interval, Boston’s openers, Evans and Gilding got stuck in and started well before the latter was removed by Bourne captain Bentley for 3 leaving Boston 35-1. Poole soon followed for 5.

A 30-run partnership between Azim and Evans had Boston at 74-2 and well on course for victory before Azim was dismissed by Gunthorp for 19. Baxter joined Evans and before Baxter could get off the mark, a n over from Christmas saw Boston fall from 78-3 to 78-6.

Goulder soon followed leaving Boston at 85-7. A partnership of 31 from Baxter and vice-captain Elleray gave Boston some hope before Elleray mistimed a drive for 24. Baxter made his way to 17 before falling LBW to Christmas and giving him a five wicket-haul. Hewitt was run-out to end Boston’s innings on 127, resulting in an 82 run loss.

Baxter said: “It wasn’t good enough with the bat again. Overall, I think Bourne were the better side and that’s what the scorebook shows. They batted better, bowled better and fielded better.

“There were plenty of positives but unfortunately they were surrounded by numerous negatives.”