Seconds destroy hapless Welby in only eight overs

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Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

On Saturday Boston Cricket Club Seconds faced an away day at relegation threatened Welby.

With some early morning rain, the pitch at Welby was green and slightly damp meaning the toss was absolutely crucial.

Boston won the toss and had no hesitation in inviting Welby to bat first.

With Michael Troops and Tim Bell opening up with the ball, in favourable conditions, they swiftly went about their business.

A wicket for Bell in his opening over set the tone for the innings as Boston got on top early and never let Welby get away from them.

Throughout the season Bell has been Boston’s main threat with the ball and when he took the fouth wicket of the day, a personal landmark was also achieved - his 50th wicket of the season.

He then eclipsed that landmark by claiming another five wicket haul, making him the league’s highest wicket taker and the 
bowler with the most five wicket hauls.

With Welby only having nine players, Boston continued to make light work of dismissing batsmen. Along with five wickets for Bell, Michael Troops and Paul Deans chipped in with one wicket apiece and there was a run out from the dead eye, bullet arm of Chris 
Morley.

Welby were dissmissed for 27 with no batsmen making double figures and a top score of seven.

Tea was not taken and openers Tom Poole and Ben Troops quickly set about chasing down the low total. The only blemish on the day was when Ben Troops was caught without troubling the scorers.

However, this was only delaying the inevitable and, in a thoroughly one-sided game, Poole and Musson knocked off the total in eight overs, to complete the win in 75 minutes and secure 20 
points.

A spokesman for Boston Seconds said: “We needed 20 points form the game and that was achieved. Obviously the plan is to go out and win every game, however when it is as one sided as that it takes a certain amount of enjoyment out of it.”

Boston stay second, 20 points ahead of the chasing pack. A 20 point victory at home this Saturday against Grantham would all but secure promtion to the SLBL Premier League for next season.