Poole ready to make a splash for Boston CC

Matthew Poole.
Matthew Poole.

Boston Cricket Club have strengthened their ranks after welcoming back Matthew Poole from Australia.

The 18-year-old (pictured) has been Down Under for the winter, playing for Yarraville CC.

But after returning to England, he dropped in to say g’day to his teammates on Saturday, watching them make it two wins from two in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, following their seven-wicket victory over Belton Park.

“Pooley will only strengthen the side,” said captain Tom Baxter, who believes he could be the club’s top scorer this year.

“He is another of the batsmen that I believe has so much ability.

“If he gives his wicket the value it deserves, it could well be his year.”

Baxter has also praised Luke Gilding, who has dusted down his gloves to keep wicket this term.

With work commitments affecting Matthew Hood’s availability and Tom Poole moving to Collingham, Gilding has returned to the role.

“He has been great so far,” said Baxter. “I think he was a bit nervous and possibly still is, but he has been great behind the stumps so far.”

Poole is expected to return to the Boston side for Saturday’s home match with Welby, while Hood may also be available.

The Second XI’s Lewis Holmes and Sam Gilding could be in contention for an opening bowler slot due to Haffi Mazhar being unavailable.