Below-par Seconds fall just short

Charles Roberts.
Charles Roberts.

Boston Cricket Club’s Seconds suffered a 22-run defeat to South Lincs and Border League Division One leaders Market Deeping Seconds on Saturday.

Deeping posted 200-3 at the Mayflower, with Boston ending their 45 overs on 178-9, a result which sees the hosts slip to third in the standings.

Boston won the toss and elected to bowl, despite being without regular wickettakers Tim Bell and Paul Deans.

Openers Michael and Ben Troops had no luck against batsmen John McDougall and Richard Witt, neither did Damian Lawson and Luke Gilding, the Deeping duo posting a 100-run partnership before the 30th over.

Ben Troops eventually dismissed McDougall (103) in the 37th over, before Boston picked up two more wickets, one apiece for Michael Troops and Damian Lawson.

“At tea we thought that a score of 200 might only be par and we were still well in the game,” reflected Gilding.

“Especially the way we have been batting over the previous weeks.”

After tea, Boston opened the batting with the inform Chris Morley and debutant Georges Cornah.

It was a debut to forget for Cornah as he fell third ball without troubling the scorers. Michael Musson soon followed him, gone for eight.

Gilding and Morley began rebuilding the innings before the latter was dismissed for 23.

Gilding and Lawson took the score beyond 100 before Gilding was dismissed for 28.

When the wicket of Lawson (43) was taken, it appeared that Boston would struggle to reach 150 to gain another bonus point.

However, a late rally from Charles Roberts (24) took Boston to within 22 runs of their opponents.

Boston CC’s Thirds’ South Lincs and Border League contest at home to Pinchbeck was abandoned due to the weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Firsts’ Lincoln and District League’s match at Middle Rasen was cancelled, also because of the heavy rainfall.