SPORT FROM THE PAST: Runs, Forrest runs in the Boston Cricket League

Boston CC in 1993.
Boston CC in 1993.

Cricketer John Forrest proved a big hit, literally, after hitting a century in the Boston Cricket League.

But what made his feat so special was that he was the first person to do so in the competition for 20 years.

Forrest hit 110 of the Taverners’ 147 runs in their victory against Friskney.

Back in 1983, The Standard wrote: “John, well known for his big hitting in local cricket circles, raced to his 100 off just 54 deliveries.”

His innings included 15 fours and five sixes.

In fact, of the Friskney bowlers, only Pete Featherstone escaped punishment.

“This century enhances John’s reputation as an exciting batsman, always willing to go for runs,” the story continued.

“(He is) a batsman who sometimes is dismissed cheaply or goes on to make big scores.”
And this time he certainly didn’t go cheaply.

The Taverners finished on 147 runs for the loss of three wickets in their overs.

Opponents Friskney just couldn’t compete with the run rate, ending their stay on 78-1.

However, Forrest couldn’t replicate his success later in the week, as Taverners suffered a Shipstone Cup defeat to Ariel.

The batsman and his teammates could not get to grips with the bowling of Ian McPherson.

He and his team restricted the Taverners to a much less impressive 90.

Jim Lincoln contributed 40 of those runs.

In response, Ariel cruised to victory.

Dave Parry was in top form and made an undefeated 50 - including a six which landed in the neighbouring tennis courts - helping his side win with three overs to spare.

Other highlights from the week’s action saw a stand of 62 from openers Emerson and Smith guide Old Leake to 89-5.

However, opponents BUSC replied with 35 from the opening four overs to eventually win the match.