BOSTON Cricket Club captain Paul Timby has told his charges they shouldn’t fear any opponent in the Lincs ECB Premier.
In fact, Timby was quick to suggest that the Mayflower men have enough talent to put the frighteners on the division’s top teams.
“We should have respect for every opponent – but we shouldn’t fear anyone,” he told The Standard.
“We have players in our side that will make other teams look at us and know they’ve got to respect us greatly.
“We’ve got players like Elliot Wilson, who has played first-class cricket, and Jonny and Colin Cheer who are in the Lincolnshire squad.
“We’re not short of talent here. We have players that all other teams in our league will fear.” Timby was talking after Saturday’s six-wicket defeat to table-toppers Bracebridge Heath, suggesting a mental block cost his side the chance of competing.
With Boston bowled out for 119, the Lincoln-based side needed little more than 20 overs to claim victory.
“We didn’t turn up on Saturday. That was the issue,” Timby added.
“Too many members of the team thought we were playing the Bracebridge of old.
“There seems to be a feeling that Boston sides of old have never competed or done well against Bracebridge.
“Maybe that was the case that too many turned up just expecting to lose again?”
However, Timby is determined to turn things around ahead of Saturday’s visit of fourth-placed Limdum, who relinquished top spot after defeat to Grimsby.
He has promised a few ‘harsh’ words to his team in the build up to Saturday’s important clash.
However, Timby remains confident that Boston’s First XI can defeat Lindum on Saturday.
He added: “We’re good enough to be competing against any side in the league, not just the ones down the bottom.
“I’m looking for us to bounce back with a win on Saturday.”
Boston will be without the unavailable Josh Newton and Matthew Poole, who dislocated a finger at the weekend.
This weekend’s fixtures: Saturday – Lincs ECB Premier, Boston 1sts v Lindum; SLBL Division One, Belton Park v Boston 2nds; SLBL Division Two, Skegness 2nds v Boston 3rds. Sunday – Lincoln League Premier Division, Hykeham Sunday 1sts v Boston Sunday 1sts; Lincoln League Division One, Boston Sunday 1sts v Owmby Sunday.