Five-wicket Vella sets up easy win

Cricket.
Cricket.

With the title already wrapped up at home to Long Sutton the previous Saturday, Boston Cricket Club first team made the trip to Lindum looking to continue their fine form.

With Baxter and Azim still out injured and Elliott and Mazhar also unavailable, Boston were not at full strength.

In the absence of Boston’s captain Tom Baxter, Dave Newman continued in the role of captain but it was Lindum who won the toss and they had no hesitation in batting first.

Boston’s Elleray and Hewitt soon had Lindum’s openers, Pickering and Kimber, back in the pavilion, with the score 19-2. Fourteen tight overs from the pair saw Lindum struggle for runs, as Lindum looked to re-build through Wells and Smith.

The introduction of Vella and Newman into the attack saw a severe change in momentum and the Lindum innings was soon over, as they collapsed to 78 all out.

A fantastic five overs of swing bowling saw Vella pick up his third five wicket haul of the season and go to 38 wickets for the year.

Tom Baxter said: “Wickets just kept falling. They had no answer to him.”

Wicketkeeper Matthew Hood continued his great form with the gloves as he picked up three victims, taking him to 26 for the season.

Boston quickly set about chasing down what seemed an easy total for another 20 points, with opening pair Newman and Evans batting with maturity and controlled aggression to put pressure on the Lindum attack.

Though boundaries were not easy to come by, the runs still flowed and another unbeaten opening partnership saw Boston to their fourth 10-wicket victory of the season.

With Boston picking up 20 points and remaining 45 points ahead of second placed Sleaford, they will be hoping to maintain that gap this weekend.

The man of the match award was given to Ben Vella for his 5-18 from five overs.

For the third season running, Boston’s final South Lincs and Border Premier Division game on Saturday will be away at Stamford Town.