Musson hits an unbeaten 150 runs in Seconds’ victory

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Michael Musson scored an unbeaten 150 as Boston Cricket Club Seconds beat Long Sutton Seconds by 294 runs.

Tom Poole added 96 runs to the tally as Luke Gilding’s side posted 342-3 before dismissing their visitors for 48.

Boston did lose in-form opener Chris Morley in just the second ball of the game, but the pairing of Poole and Musson immediately nulifiedthe Long Sutton attack with an exsquite display with the bat.

They shared a second wicket partnership of 171 with Poole being the main aggressor and taking the attack to the Long Sutton bowlers.

When he reached 96 with relative ease many would have thought a second career century was on the cards.

This was not the case as a smart piece of bowling from Boston old boy Ian Morris dismissed Poole, caught and bowled. Musson kicked on and, along with skipper Luke Gilding, started to push the run rate.

Boston reached the minimum target of 200 runs with realtive ease for the loss of just three wickets, but the main highlight of the day was when Musson hit his trademark pull shot for four runs to bring up his first century for Boston.

Gilding went for 41 but Musson and Damian Lawson (32) started to apply real pressure to the Long Sutton bowlng attack.

After tea, Boston opened with Michael Troops and Tim Bell, and again success came for them early on with Troops picking up two wickets in an opening spell of seven overs with the concession of just 13 runs, and Bell claiming three Long Sutton scalps for 20 runs off nine overs.

Ben Troops and Paul Deans were called upon to finish off the job and they swiftly delivered as Troops took three wickets off 3.1 overs which didn’t leave Deans with much to do other then dismiss the solitary Long Sutton man.

The match finished in fitting circumstances as man of the moment Michael Musson ran out Beth Milnes to give the Boston boys another 20-point victory. Boston sit 12 points behind leaders Market Deeping and 40 clear of third-placed Freiston, Leake and Leverton, who have two games in hand.

Abdul Moeed (74) and Sunil Panjwani (64) helped Freiston (273-6) to a 185-run victory at home to Grantham Thirds (88).