Timby’s tipping Boston to become title contenders

Paul Timby - captain.
Paul Timby - captain.

SKIPPER Paul Timby is absolutely ‘delighted’ with the progress Boston have made this season and sees no reason why they shouldn’t challenge for the ECB Premier League title in 2012.

Boston are still on course to finish third – the club’s highest ever position – providing they take six points from their final fixture against Sleaford.

However, should Boston slip up, then Louth could overtake them.

Paul told The Standard: “It was disappointing to lose to Woodhall Spa on Saturday but these things happen in local derbies.

“We had them at 149-9 and thought we’d won it but, to be honest, we didn’t get the rub of the green.

“Once again it was the batting department which let us down – if you only score 163 then you will lose more games than you win.”

However, this defeat does not detract from the fine season enjoyed by the first team.

“The goal was to finish in the top half so we have achieved way beyond the target,” Paul added. “But we can’t stand still. We will be looking to recruit a few more players in the winter and then really push on next year.”

He continued: “As a team we’ve really grown up. All the main players are a year older and people like the Cheer brothers and Tom Baxter have performed very well.

“Elliot Wilson has made a huge difference on both the playing and coaching side as has Matthew Ward.”

Australian Ward has scored around 750 runs this season after funding the trip to Boston out of his own pocket.

Paul added: “We signed him at the last minute through an agency and he hasn’t cost the club a penny. He will be difficult to replace next summer, not only as a batsman but also as wicketkeeper.”

So did Paul ever think Boston could win the title this season?

“Not really,” he continued, “Bracebridge were always a comfortable 20 points ahead with a relatively easy game on the final day.”

He concluded: “The club is really pleased with our achievements. We have some great youngsters and the future is really bright. I firmly believe we can challenge for the title next season.”