Twenty20 final on hold after Bank Holiday washout

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BOSTON Cricket Club’s hopes of lifting the Winkworth Cup have been put on hold.

Finals day for the county’s premier Twenty20 tournament was rained off on Monday, with the event looking to be rescheduled for a Sunday in July.

“The four captains got together and agreed that, rather than a bowl-off or drawing lots, it would be better to postpone the event,” said Boston captain Paul Timby.

“It’s a fairer outcome all round. It’s better for the sponsors the spectators and the teams - it means the outcome can be decided by the best team on the day rather than a coin toss.”

Boston were due to play Lindum in their semi-final at Sleaford’s London Road ground, with Bracebridge Heath and Grimsby Town competing in the other.

But all four teams agreed they’ll regroup and meet on another occasion, which is to yet be announced.

After suffering a losing draw at Nettleham on Saturday, the club’s First XI are now looking for victory when they host rivals Skegness on Saturday.

The seasiders sit one place above Boston in the Lincs ECB Premier division, and the Mayflower men hope victory can see them move up a place before two testing matches against two of the division’s big guns.

Timby added: “It’ll be quite a big match for us.

“The following two weeks will see us face Bourne and Grimsby, so we want to bounce back before then.

“We’ve bounced back twice before and I think we can do the same again.

“Skegness are a similar side to us, their bowling attack is probably better than their batting.

“It will be a competitive game, but I hope it’s us that takes the victory.

“If we play how we can play then I’m sure we can do it.”

Nettleham’s winning draw on Saturday lifted them off the bottom of the table.

But Boston believe they could have claimed the match had they not dropped Daniel White while on 20, the opener going on to score 96 of the host club’s 201.

However, Timby remained pragmatic.

He said: “Margins are slim and sometimes these things happen in cricket.

“In the end we took 10 points which, last season, we would have been delighted with.

“It was raining all morning on Saturday and we didn’t think we would be playing any cricket at one stage.

“Had the game been rained off we would only have picked up five points, so we doubled that.”