Evans sent! Boston Cricket Club begin their season with victory

Peter Moore in action for Boston.
Peter Moore in action for Boston.

Kieran Evans struck his maiden half-century as he helped Boston Cricket Club storm to a nine-wicket victory over Woodhall Spa Seconds.

Opener Evans finished on 62 not out as Boston began their South Lincs and Border League Premier Division campaign in style on Saturday.

Captain Tom Baxter won the toss and opted to bowl.

Woodhall skipper Rob Bee set the ball rolling with a couple of quickfire boundaries as Woodhall raced to 30-0, before Scott Elleray dismissed him for 26.

The introduction of Baxter saw three wickets fall in the next five overs, Jack Timby going for five and Nick Bishop and Thomas Dixon failing to score a run between them.

Matt Haslam steadied Woodhall’s innings with his 24 runs and Darren Hunt added four, but the rest of Woodhall’s batsmen all went for ducks - six in total - as they were dismissed for 99 in the 42nd over.

Baxter took 4-17, while Haffi Mazhar and Paul Deans claimed two wickets each.

A disciplined opening from Woodhall made scoring difficult for Boston.

Peter Moore lost his wicket LBW to Hunt for 10, but Evans was joined by Baxter (15) and those two took Boston to 101-1 after 31 overs.

“A nine-wicket win is always pleasing,” added Baxter.

“Kieron batted really well today. He has so much potential and hopefully his maiden senior half-century can help push him on throughout the season.

“The bowlers were fantastic today.”

On Saturday, Boston host Belton Park.

Boston Seconds suffered a 78-run defeat to Stamford Town Seconds in the SLBL Division One.

Sam Gilding took four wickets and Lewis Holmes (two), Charlie Ward and Gareth Epton claimed victims but Stamford finished on 184-8.

Boston were out for 106, with Dave Gilding (33), Sam Gilding (29 not out) and Paul Holmes (10) top scoring for the Mayflower men.

The Sunday Firsts went down by 68 runs at home to Morton in the Lincoln and District League Premier Division.

Morton finished on 185-9, with Tom Baxter and Tim Bell taking three wickets each and Scott Elleray claiming two scalps.

Boston were bowled out for 117, with top scores coming from Matthew Hood (29), Luke Gilding (19) and Tom Baxter (16).

Rounding off a poor Sunday for Boston, the Sunday Seconds went down by 81 runs at Billingborough Sunday Firsts.

Steve Appleyard (four), Kev Brooks (two) and Lewis Holmes took wickets as the hosts finished on 185-8.

Dave Gilding (24) and Sam Gilding (16) led Boston to 104-9, which was short of the required total.