Good Evans! Kieran’s 67 helps Boston CC Firsts defeat Woodhall Seconds

Luke Gilding.
Luke Gilding.

Kieran Evans struck a superb 67 runs as Boston Cricket Club Firsts eased past Woodhall Spa Seconds.

The opener top scored as the Mayflower men recorded 270-8, their highest total of the year.

And that was enough for victory - as well as keeping Boston top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division - as they beat Woodhall’s Seconds by 156 runs.

Boston won the toss and elected to bat, with Evans and Matthew Hood starting positively.

The introduction of spin made a dramatic impact as Hood (16) and then Paul Roberts (zero) were dismissed within three balls, leaving Boston on 49-2.

Boston captain Tom Baxter made his way to the crease and although the runs slowed, the partnership with Evans slowly moved forward.

Woodhall had the upper hand and in a spell of five overs, only four runs were scored.

If there was a switch that changed the swing of the game, Baxter and Evans definitely pressed it in the 21st over as they scored 65 runs in the next six overs.

As Evans passed 50, he upped the pace before being bowled by Kieran Richardson for 67.

“Kieran batted really sensibly today,” Baxter added. “He valued his wicket and got a score.

“He will be disappointed not to have gone on, but there were many positives to be had.”

Baxter’s mis-timed shot saw him caught on the fence for 47 to leave Boston on 164-4.

Saihan Azim (41) and Luke Gilding (18) continued to pile the pressure on and ensured that Boston secured maximum batting points as they saw the hosts to 200 in the 36th over.

Boston continued to score quickly and an enjoyable end to the innings saw Boston post 270-8 from their 45 overs, with Ricky Drury (15) and Tim Bell (15 not out) adding to the tally.

“Our target was to get five batting points,” added Baxter. “Once that was done, the shackles were off. We could have some fun out there.

“It’s our biggest total for a long time.”

After tea, Boston started well with the new ball.

Scott Elleray and Andy Hewitt ensured that Boston got off to a perfect start when Elleray bowled Rob Bee (nine) and Ben Bradford (zero) in consecutive balls to leave Woodhall on 12-2.

Danny Wells (15) and Jack Timby (18) attempted to re-build their innings but just as they were getting a foothold on their innings, two more quick wickets from Baxter and Bell saw two new batsmen at the crease.

And that was the case again when the score reached 80 and Woodhall went from 80-4 to 80-6 after Roberts and Elleray struck in tandem again.

A run-out and another Roberts wicket brought Boston within two wickets of their 20-point haul, and Baxter went on to complete the victory with two late wickets.

Woodhall ended their innings on 114.

The Westwood Lakes Man of the Match was awarded to Kieran Evans for his 67 runs.