JONNY Cheer hit 78 not out to help Boston Firsts earn a 10-wicket victory over basement side Hartsholme, lifting them off the bottom of the table.
Cheer and William Trimm (27 not out) put on an unbeaten partnership of 111 runs – to help the Mayflower men close the gap on Lindum, leapfrogging Hartsholme in the process.
Boston won the toss and decided to stick the plan that has been successful and chose to have a bowl on a pitch that looked to have something in it for the seamers.
Colin Cheer and Scott Elleray opened up for Boston and both claimed an early wicket.
Cheer removed Kit Spence (0) lbw, before Elleray found the edge of Tom Brooks’ bat to give Matty Hood, making his ECB Premier League debut, his first victim at this level.
At the first drinks interval, Boston had bowled 17 overs and only conceded 19 runs.
It was expected that Hartsholme would try and up the run rate as the innings progressed, with some tight disciplined bowling from Cheer, Elleray, Paul Deans and Tom Baxter, Hartsholme continued to struggle.
A fantastic 17 overs from Colin Cheer (3-27) was ably backed up by Elleray (2-34), Deans (1-16) and Baxter (2-31).
Behind the stumps, Hood ended with four victims.
He claimed a catch of both opening bowlers, and also jumped in with two quick stumpings off Boston captain Baxter.
Boston failed to bowl Hartsholme out, but restricted them to 110-9.
After the interval, Boston set about chasing down 111 for victory. Jonny Cheer again showed his class, carrying his bat for the second home game running, ending 78 not out.
His innings have taken him to within 20 of the leading run-scorer in the league.
Cheer was very ably supported by Trim, who recently joined from Bourne.
Boston chased down 110 for the loss of no wickets, which left Boston with 14 points.