High five! Bowler Hewitt marks his Boston CC return by inspiring team to victory at Belton Park

Kieran Evans.
Kieran Evans.

Andy Hewitt marked his return to the Boston Cricket Club First XI by taking five wickets as the Mayflower men beat Belton Park.

The bowler - who had previously been unavailable due to his goalkeeping duties with Boston United - claimed his scalps for the loss of just 19 runs in his seven overs.

The victory was enough for Boston to remain top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, with three matches played.

After winning the toss, Tom Baxter’s side went on to make it three wins from three with a four-wicket win.

Baxter had no hesitation in bowling first, on a pitch that looked like it would suit the men with the ball.

Scott Elleray and Hewitt bowled fantastically well in the first few overs without much reward.

In the sixth over, Westwood Lakes Man of the Match Hewitt’s luck changed and he managed to pick up the wicket of Alex Wheeler.

Two further wickets fell to Hewitt to leave Belton Park with their top three batsmen in the hutch before the end of the 10th over.

With three in the bag, Hewitt had a five-wicket haul in his sight and in the 12th over, he picked up two more to leave Belton Park on 45-5.

“Andy bowled brilliantly. It was great to have him back in the side,” Baxter said. “He is disciplined with the ball and showed that today.

Baxter soon introduced the spinners, himself and Paul Roberts, into the attack.

Baxter’s first ball picked up the sixth wicket and - two balls later - Belton Park were seven down with only 54 on the board.

The captain picked up his third wicket in his third over and Belton were struggling on 60-8.

A late rally from Gavin Clarke and Andrew Sheardown saw Belton reach 92 before Roberts’ two wickets saw Belton all out in the 29th over.

“We would have taken that at the start,” Baxter reflected.

With a straight turn around, Kieran Evans (39) and Matthew Hood (five) set about chasing down the 92 total.

A 20-run partnership started proceedings but Hood was dismissed by the leg-spinner after a smart catch from the home keeper as Evans looked set.

As the score gently rolled closer, Roberts (nine) and Evans looked solid at the crease and in control of the situation until the dismissal of Roberts brought Saihan Azim (four) to the crease.

Azim and Baxter (zero) came and went quickly as Evans continued to look firm at the crease.

Luke Gilding (nine) joined Evans and the score edged past 60 before Evans mis-timed a pull shot off the bowling of Turner.

With Ricky Drury (14 not out) joining Gilding, Boston edged very close to the total and, with only four runs required, Gilding managed to find the hands of long-on who pulled off a smart catch.

Rowan Evans strode to the crease and hit the winning runs on his First XI debut as Boston reached 93-6 in the 28th over, also picking up 20 points.