Victory for Boston CC Firsts, but they miss out on third place

Paul Deans.

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Boston Cricket Club Firsts missed out on third place in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division... by one point.

Despite Saturday’s five-wicket victory at Stamford Town, the hosts held on to third place in the table.

Boston openers Keiran Evans (30) and Luke Gilding (18) started well - but both were removed from the attack before the 10-over mark.

After Sam Major went for three, Saihan Azim (11) joined captain Tom Baxter - who was dropped on his first ball - at the crease before he was run-out for 11.

Boston lost three wickets in four balls but an unbeaten 61 from Baxter saw Boston post 160-9 off their 45 overs.

“It wasn’t easy out there,” said Baxter.

“I got lucky being dropped first ball, but on occasions like that, you have to cash in.

“The pitch always had a bit in it for the bowlers and was a little two-paced throughout.”

After the interval, Boston knew they would have to work hard to restrict Stamford to less than 160.

It was the dismissal of number four Gary Peck which caused the most controversy.

After the batsman had already pulled away three times, Paul Deans hit him on the pad.

As the appeal took place, the ball rolled around in the crease and the batsman picked the ball up and threw it back down the pitch.

He was adjudged to be given out handled ball.

“It was a first for me. Deano appealed and the umpire went with it,” continued Baxter.

Boston continued to work hard and restrict Stamford’s scoring to a minimum.

With the game getting tight, Baxter turned to Gilding who managed to bowl five overs for 14 runs towards the end of the innings.

Baxter and Deans bowled their 24 overs for 66.

With two overs remaining, Stamford needed 10 to win.

Gilding managed to not only bowl an over for the loss of one run but also pick up two key wickets - leaving Stamford needing nine to win with only three wickets left.

Boston’s last over was bowled well and saw Stamford fall five runs short of Boston’s total.

Scott Elleray ended with figures of 12 overs for 41 as Boston ended their campaign with a five-run victory.

Stamford opener Simon Prentice batted throughout, ending 68 not out in their losing cause, while Stamford wickets were taken by Deans (three), Gilding (two) and Baxter.

Boston’s Acorn Taxis Man of the Match was awarded to skipper Baxter.

“Stamford are a very good side and I would be surprised if they don’t finish top next year,” said Baxter.