BOSTON Firsts’ losing streak continued with a five-wicket defeat at Bourne.
With Boston still looking for their opening victory of the season, it was always going to be tough.
The day couldn’t have started much worse for the Mayflower men as clutch problems with opening batsman Jonny Cheer’s car caused a few delays to the contest.
On arrival at Bourne, it was evident that the rain had leaked through the covers and left some of the pitch wet.
With the agreement of both umpires and captains, the match was delayed by 25 minutes to allow some extra drying time.
Bourne won the toss and elected to field in what seemed like very bowler friendly conditions.
A edgy start saw Richard Tomlin and Cheer get stuck in and work hard for their runs.
A very valuable 40-run partnership set the foundations for the innings before the introduction of Jack Berry into the attack saw Cheer caught at first slip for 15.
Gareth Epton, on his return to the First XI, showed great determination and applied himself very well on what looked a very troublesome pitch, eventually going for 18.
Tomlin was bowled by Berry for 11.
As the innings progressed, Boston lost wickets at regular intervals and ended up being bowled out for 118 within 48 overs.
Danny Hegarty (13), Paul Timby (12) and Matt Poole (10) all reached double figures.
After the interval, Boston knew that the pitch would have something in it for them.
Early on, Colin Cheer beat the bat and caused the batsmen a few problems, removing Ben Stroud, after a good catch by Epton.
The introduction of captain Tom Baxter brought a little panic in the Bourne ranks.
In a mixed bag of bowling from Baxter, he managed to dismiss both ex-Boston player Conrad Louth and Pete Morgan without either scoring.
Berry was dismissed for 52 by Colin Cheers.
A wicket from Scott Elleray, dismissing Tom Dixon for nine, gave Boston two points from the game – but they remain at the bottom of the table.
Colin Cheer bowled his 17 overs straight through for Boston.