It’s Baxter basics for new cricket captain

Tom Baxter.

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NEW Boston Cricket Club captain Tom Baxter is hoping to keep the simple formula that brought the Mayflower men success this year.

The First XI exceeded all expectations to finish third in the Lincs ECB Premier in 2011.

And despite losing the services of bowler Elliot Wilson and batsman Matt Ward, Baxter is looking to keep the same team spirit going that saw Boston overshadow many traditionally bigger clubs this year.

“We are under no illusions at Boston,” he said.

“The Lincolnshire ECB Premier League is a very competitive competition and it is up to us to maintain the high standards in 2012 that served us so well in 2011.

“We are looking to strengthen our side before we start our winter training in January.

“With some sides able to splash cash around it will be difficult to attract quality players, but this has been the case over the past few years and we have brought in players that have been able to strengthen our club.”

In a club swap around, Baxter will take over the captaincy from Paul Timby, who will move across to the role of club coach, previously held by Wilson, who has since moved from the area.

One of Timby’s new roles will include overseeing the academy, which hopes to give hands-on coaching to a number of the club’s most promising teenagers.

“I always wanted to progress into the coaching side of the game,” said Timby.

“I didn’t see that happening for a few years yet, but with Elliot leaving there was a gap that needed filling.

“I still hope to be able to play for the First XI, if selected.”

Baxter has previously captained the club’s Sunday Firsts, which have won the Lincoln Sunday Premier Division for the past two seasons.

Ward has returned to his native Australia after a season in Boston.

Anyone wishing to learn more about Boston CC can contact tombaxter69@hotmail.co.uk or ptimby@hotmail.co.uk