Still bottom! Boston Cricket Club Firsts suffer eight-wicket defeat at Skegness

BOSTON Firsts remain stuck to the bottom of the Lincs ECB Premier after they were heavily beaten at Skegness.

On a day that both sides needed a victory for differing reasons, the weather tried hard to stop either side from competing.

After a delayed start, Skegness elected to bowl on a green deck.

A good opening spell saw Adrian Gordon bowl the in-form Jonny Cheer for just one run, bringing Saihan Azim and Kieran Evans together at the crease.

At 27-1, the rain came down and the players had to leave the field.

After a short interval, Boston had a terrible re-start, losing two wickets in two balls to the bowling of Saeed Bariwala, the league’s leading wicket taker.

Another mini-revival from Azim and Matt Poole took Boston to 46-3 before Azim and Tom Baxter were both dismissed by Oliver Pringle.

So, at 46-5, Boston were looking down the barrel.

Tight bowling from both Pringle and Bariwala saw Boston struggle to move the scoring on, allowing Skegness to pick up regular wickets.

Boston fought to 68 all out, leaving Bariwala with 4-24 and Pringle with 5-26.

With nothing to lose Boston set about chasing what seemed like an impossible victory.

Early wickets were what Boston needed, but they could only pick up the one.

Scott Elleray removed Pete Houghton, caught behind by Matt Hood for four.

Saeed Bariwala entered the fray and looked like he wanted to get it over and done with, ending on 48 not out off 24 balls.

Pringle, also looking to finish the game, ended up being dismissed by Paul Deans after a good catch by Azim.

Skegness reached their total for the loss of two wickets and put themselves back at the top of the table.

Boston remain seated at the bottom of the table with three games to go.