Baxter hits undefeated 127 as Boston CC top SLBL Premier

Paul Roberts.
Paul Roberts.

Captain Tom Baxter struck an unbeaten 127 runs as Boston Cricket Club’s First XI defeated Moulton Harrox at the Mayflower on Saturday.

The skipper’s innings included nine fours and five sixes.

That, coupled with 61 from Paul Roberts - who also bowled 6-10 off nine overs - saw Boston record a 151-run victory which sees them top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division after two matches.

“It was great to pass 100,” Baxter said.

“It went my way today. It’s important that when you have days like this that you cash in.”

The day couldn’t have started much worse for Boston as the toss was lost and the Mayflower men were put into bat, with only eight players available.

Middle-Order batsmen Ricky Drury and Herbert Usherwokunze were late due to work commitments, and all-rounder Roberts was stuck in traffic.

Openers Kieran Evans (11) and Matthew Poole (three) were both dismissed early on, but the introduction of Roberts and Baxter turned things around.

The 75-run partnership came to end when Roberts was adjudged to have been trapped LBW off the bowling of spinner Max Cusack for 61.

“Robbo has come in and been brilliant,” Baxter said. “On his day, he can destroy attacks.”

Saihan Azim (10) joined Baxter, but he was quickly back in the pavillon to be replaced by Luke Gilding (six).

A quick 30-run partnership from Baxter and Gilding helped Boston to 142 before a mix-up between the pair saw Gilding run-out.

Wicketkeeper Hood (12) joined captain Baxter at the crease and Baxter passed 50 for the second time this season.

As the run-rate increased and Baxter dominated the scoring, a desperate two to get Baxter back on strike saw Hood run-out for 12.

Drury then joined the skipper and Baxter quickly went to his century with a boundary, six and a single off the next three balls.

A boundary-filled 46-run partnership saw Boston post 246-6 off their 45 overs.

After the interval, Boston knew early wickets were key.

Sam Gilding, opening the bowling in the absence of Haffi Mazhar, picked up the wicket of Chris Beale in his first over after a smart catch by Drury.

Scott Elleray and Gilding kept it tight early on and a smart 13-over spell between them saw Boston on top.

The introduction of Baxter saw Jack Cusack dismissed with a smart catch off his own bowling, the first of his three victims.

Another double change in the bowling saw Roberts and Poole enter the attack.

Both bowled with great discipline and Roberts reaped the rewards with a couple of quick wickets.

The runs seemed to dry up, especially at Roberts’ end as his nine overs went for only 10 runs.

As the runs slowed, Roberts continued on his merry way picking up wickets at regular intervals.

Baxter saw the spin was working and brought himself back into the attack and the wicket Tom of Wilson for 38 came immediately.

Roberts picked up two more quick wickets to take his total to six.

“Spin got the wickets today but the seamers deserve great credit,” Baxter added.

“They all put a shift in and as an attack we got the job done.”

Moulton were eventually dismissed for 95 in the 36th over.

The Westwood Lakes Man of the Match was awarded to Tom Baxter for his 127 not out and 3-24 off nine overs.