Elleray’s hat-trick helps Boston CC remain top of the SLBL Premier

Scott Elleray.
Scott Elleray.

An opening stand of 104 runs from Matthew Hood and Kieran Evans helped guide Boston CC Firsts to victory at Woodhall Spa Seconds.

Bowler Scott Elleray also claimed four wickets - including a hat-trick - as the Mayflower men left with all 20 points to remain top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

After winning the toss, captain Tom Baxter elected to bowl and his side’s openers were very disciplined and made scoring difficult.

Andy Hewitt removed Woodhall captain Danny Wells for two runs following a smart catch from Matthew Poole.

After 10 overs, Baxter introduced himself into the attack and, in his first over, he removed Mark McDowell, caught by Tim Bell for six.

With the ball turning, Baxter wasted no time in introducing Paul Roberts from the other end and as a result the spinners tightened the scoring opportunities.

Baxter removed Matthew Haslam before Roberts picked up the wickets of Neil Robson and Ben McCarrick.

Roberts also picked up the wicket of Alex King, Baxter taking the catch at mid-wicket before the rain came down.

Both sides left the field as the covers were put on and an early tea taken.

With the spinners doing the damage to this point, it was Elleray’s turn to show his ability with the ball.

He removed Henry Wilson and two overs later removed Kieran Richardson and Ryan Hughes with the last two balls of his ninth over.

With Elleray on a hat-trick, the covers were brought on as the left-arm seamer was forced to sit and wait for the opportunity.

After a 15-minute delay, Boston made their way out onto the field looking for that last wicket.

Baxter bowled a tight over but failed to find that wicket, leaving Elleray the chance of a hat-trick.

The first delivery of his over trapped Lewis Holmes in front and as he appealed the finger went up, giving Elleray his first competitive hat-trick.

“It was a surreal hat-trick really,” said Baxter. “Between the second and third wicket we had a 15 minute rain delay and an over from myself.

“I am pleased for Scotty. He’s put the ball in the right area all year and he really deserved today.”

With Woodhall Spa all out for 100, Boston soon recorded a total of 104.

Openers Evans and Hood went out with the hope of being the heroes and while Evans took on the role of the anchor, Hood showed a wide array of strokes, out-scoring Evans.

“Hoody is definitely a confidence player,” Baxter continued. “Early on in the season he was down on himself and was struggling to find positives to take from his game.

“He’s now scoring runs and has that buzz back in his batting.”

Hood ended 64 not out as his partner, Evans scored the winning runs, ending 37 not out, giving Boston a very impressive 10-wicket victory.

The Westwood Lakes Man of the Match award was shared between Elleray and Hood.