Appleyard flourish settles the contest


SLBL Division Two

Belton Park 2nds 79-9, Boston CC 3rds 81-2 - Boston won by eight wickets.

Boston Thirds claimed an eight-wicket success against Belton Park to move to third in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two on Saturday.

Belton won the toss and elected to bat, with opening bowlers Ian Morris and Steve Appleyard asked to get early wickets in gloomy conditions with rain looking likely.

Morris removed Jonathan O’Shea-Pilkington and Oliver Stanley without scoring with help from the safe hands of Peter Ward and Tom Appleyard. At the other end, Appleyard had to be more patient, eventually sending Simon Martin back to the pavilion for seven.

A sharp catch from Dave Gilding off the bowling of Appleyard sent Richard Cocks in the same direction.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with Morris and Appleyard getting one more each and finishing with identical figures of 3-22 off 12 overs.

A run out from Morris and James Ward being caught behind by Ben Newton off the bowling of Dan Fox saw more wickets tumble.

Some late hitting from Rungano Manonge saw him get 35 before finding Steve Elleray on the boundary off the bowling of Barker, leaving Belton Park with a total of 79 all out.

After tea, with rain on the way, Boston had to be patient but were intent on a knocking off the runs quickly.

Dave Gilding and Tom Appleyard were given this task with the pair putting on 44 before quick-scoring Gilding was bowled out by Coulson for 15.

Skipper Sean Barnett made a brief visit to the crease before he was also bowled out by Coulson for three.

In came 15-year-old Peter Ward to join Appleyard at the crease.

Boston needed 20 runs to win and with a slight drizzle beginning to fall the pair rain quickly between the wickets to keep the runs flowing.

It was left to the impressive batting of Appleyard to finish the day with two leg side boundaries seeing him finish on 28 not out with Ward on an unbeaten seven.

Barnett’s boys gained 20 points seeing them move to third in the league.