Hartsholme attack can pull Boston Cricket Club out of danger zone, says Tom Baxter

Matty Hood.
Matty Hood.

BOSTON Firsts’ 10-wicket destruction of Hartsholme saw them move from the bottom of the Lincs ECB Premier... and now captain Tom Baxter has set his sights of climbing out of the drop zone.

The Mayflower men are now 24 points behind Lindum, and they believe they can catch their rivals.

“We travel to Market Deeping on Saturday, in a game that we believe we can come away with a win,” Baxter said.

“We lost to Market Deeping at the start of the season, but they turned up with the bat and we didn’t.

“The bits of luck were not going our way at the start of the season, but that is slowly changing, so hopefully another good display will put us in a good position.”

Refllecting on Saturday’s success, Baxter was quick to praise Jonny Cheer (78 not out) and elder brother Colin, who claimed three wickets.

However, he believes the win was down to the whole side.

“It was a fantastic team effort that has taken us off the bottom of the table,” he added.

“Admittedly, the Cheer brothers have done the bulk of the damage, but they can only perform in that way if they are ably supported by their team-mates.

“It was pleasing to see everyone out there wanting the best for each other.”

And now more is expected from the younger Cheer.

Baxter continued: “Jonny has just started to find form at the right time.

“He will be the first to admit that early on this season, he has found it hard at the crease.

“But, since I have started winning a few tosses, Jonny (Cheer) has started to get the better of the conditions and has been able to go out there and play his own game.”

Praise was also dished out to wicketkeeper Matty Hood, who claimed four victims on his Premier debut.

Baxter said: “I spoke to Matty about how he felt about playing and he jumped at the chance.

“We all know that his glove work is definitely good enough for this level.

“I spoke to Matty in the winter about playing for the First XI, but he felt that he needed some time at Second XI level to regain some confidence.

“On Saturday, he was faultless. His non-stop chat behind the stumps kept everybody engaged and concentrating on their game.”

On Saturday, the Firsts travel to face Market Deeping.

The Seconds entertain Baston and Thirds are at home to Burgh.

A day later, the Sunday Seconds host Morton.