Boston CC captain Tom Baxter demands more from misfiring Firsts

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

WINLESS Boston Cricket Club First XI are hoping it will be lucky seven.

The Mayflower Men have not won in their opening six Lincs ECB Premier matches.

Three of those did not go ahead due to the weather conditions, but captain Tom Baxter still believes his side should be producing better.

He said: “We are six matches in now and still there’s no win.

“Admittedly, the first three were rained off, but in the other three, we have been well below par.

“I can’t even a win a toss at the minute.”

Boston host Lundum on Saturday, a side two places and seven points above them in the table.

And Baxter believes his side must improve with the bat if they are to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

He added: As a fielding unit, we are one of the best in the league.

“On the bowling front, we showed what we can (against Bracebridge Heath) by keeping them to 183-9 from their 50 overs, which was a fantastic effort on that pitch.

“Unfortunately, we are yet to perform with the bat.

“We can make excuses all day, but we knew at the start of the season that our bowling was stronger than our batting.

“It has been since our promotion to the Premier League in 2009.

“We do need to raise our game with the bat, but we are all working hard at training and trying to make improvements to our batting.”

In a bid to get some run-scoring confidence, Richard Tomlin, Matt Poole and Kieran Evans dropped down to the Seconds at the weekend.

Baxter hopes this will help their games, stating: “We tried something different this week, by leaving them in the Seconds to rediscover some form and spend some time at the crease.

“With Tomlin batting through the innings and Poole also being not out, it has given them some time in the middle.

“We now have a home match against Lindum, and a win will breed confidence through the side.”

However, Baxter believes there are some plusses coming from the season so far.

He told The Standard: “I was impressed with how we conducted ourselves in the first half of the game on Saturday.

“I thought the bowling of Colin Cheer, who saw a return to his best, was very impressive.

“It was probably the best he has bowled for a long while.

“We fielded a lot better than what we have and that is something that is pleasing.

“Our youngest team member today showed us all how to do it.

“Louis Goulder, still under 15, was brilliant in the field and showed he has a bright future with Boston Cricket Club.”

On Saturday, Boston Firsts host Lindum.

The Seconds travel to face Thomas Cook in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two and, in Division Three, the Thirds are at Pinchbeck.

On Sunday, the Sunday Seconds are at home to Heckington in the Lincoln and District Sunday League Division One.