BOSTON Cricket Club captain Paul Timby is backing young batsmen Jonathan Cheer and Matt Ward to become a dominant partnership in the Lincs ECB Premier Division.
Despite claiming some good victories – including Saturday’s success at Grimsby Town – the Mayflower men have struggled to score runs consistently over the past few weeks.
However, Timby expects things to turn around sooner rather than later.
He told The Standard: “Jonny (pictured) and Matt were both out due to loose shots on Saturday. That’s a part of their game they both need to be concentrating on and working hard on in practice.
“With the best will in the world, the bowlers can’t continue to keep defending low totals.
“But Jonny and Matt are both young lads and we have every confidence in them.
“They are two of the best batsmen in this league. Their form may be a little scratchy at times, but we know what they’re capable of and we’re backing them to come good in the next few games.”
Cheer was named the top flight’s young batsman of the year after 2010 saw him score 877 runs from 20 innings last season, including four centuries.
From the Mayflower men’s opening seven league games, his top score has been 43 to date.
However, Timby suggests this is because teams are paying him the ultimate compliment – extra scrutiny.
He continued: “He’s our danger man and I can see how other teams are now targeting him.
“If I was captaining a side against him I’d target him.
“He’s an important scalp to take and you can see that by the way the opposition will celebrate if they get him out.
“But there’s no doubt Jonny will be an important player for this club again this season.”
Boston travel to face defending champions Bourne on Saturday.
“Going away to face the champions is never an easy task,” Timby admitted. “It’s always one of the hardest games of the season. However, their form has been indifferent lately.
“We can only go there to do our best. We can only take each game at a time.”
Boston will be buoyed by Saturday’s success at Grimsby Town, who Timby tipped to be one of the division’s top two sides this campaign.
Praising his side’s hard work – which saw them remain fourth in the table – Timby added: “I think they’re the second strongest side in this division and that was a fantastic result for us.
“We even had four under 18s in the side, which says how well we’re progressing really.”
l BOSTON Cricket Club are holding their fun junior coaching sessions on Saturday morning at Rosebery Avenue, from June 24.
They take place from 9.30am-11am, costing £2 per youngster.
The event was originally open for nine-11-year-olds, but the scheme has now been expanded for under eights players as well.