Deans takes five victims as Boston CC Firsts go top

Paul Deans.
Paul Deans.

Paul Deans was in devastating form with the ball yet again - as Boston Cricket Club’s First XI moved to top spot in the table.

Deans claimed five wickets for the loss of just 10 runs in his 11 overs as the Mayflower men beat Sleaford Seconds by five wickets.

“All I do is try to put the ball in the right areas. I’m really enjoying my cricket at the moment,” said Deans, who was named the Acorn Taxis Man of the Match.

“Of course it is good to be top of the table, but nobody has ever been promoted for being top of the table in June.”

On Saturday, Boston and Billingborough both caught up with Stamford Town’s game in hand, and now just four points separate the top three.

Boston top the pile on 178 points, with Stamford second, a point ahead of Billingborough.

Sleaford won the toss and elected to bat on the Boston deck.

Scott Elleray and Haffi Mazhar opened up for Boston without much luck.

With two dropped chances in the slips, both openers survived.

Mazhar did manage two wickets in his opening spell, dismissing Tom Brooke (five) and Kurt Colyn (three).

The introduction of captain Tom Baxter and experienced slow bowler Deans needed to slow the rate, and that is what they did in a dramatic way.

The duo bowled 21.1 overs between them and picked up eight wickets, conceding 20 runs. Baxter (3-10) and Deans helped bowl Sleaford out for 82.

Boston now had 54 overs to chase down 84 to get back to winning ways, following the previous week’s defeat to Bourne.

Kieran Evans and Peter Moore opened up, but Moore was soon back in the pavillon without troubling the scorers.

Left handers Evans and Matthew Poole took the score to 30 before Poole (10) was deceived by a slower ball to give Rhys Collings his second wicket.

Saihan Azim was soon back in the pavillon, falling to Collings for a duck.

Captain Baxter came to the crease at 35-3 and Boston knew they were in a game.

Evans and Luke Gilding were dismissed by Ben Wooster for 20 and four respectively, while Ricky Drury joined Baxter at 47-5.

Baxter (32) and Drury (eight) saw Boston home to a five wicket win, finishing on 86-5.

Boston skipper Baxter is now in the league’s top six for both batting and bowling rankings. However, he said his personal form means nothing unless the side are doing well.

“Of course it’s good to be getting some runs and wickets but like last week, my 73 not out felt worthless without a victory to go with it,” he said.