Boston CC face season-defining matches

Matt Ward.
Matt Ward.
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BOSTON Cricket Club are facing a week of action that could define their season, says captain Paul Timby.

The Mayflower men – currently third in the Lincs ECB Premier – host fourth-placed Grimsby Town on Saturday, before the arrival of second-placed Bourne the week after.

Defeats in both could see Boston slip down the table, but victories could keep their slim title dreams alive.

Timby says he sees Saturday’s clash against Grimsby as a chance to gain points on leaders Bracebridge Heath, instead of a damage limitation exercise.

He told The Standard: “I think that on paper Grimsby have the second strongest side in the league (behind Bracebridge).

“But it shows how far we have come as a team this season when we’re looking to gain points against the top teams.

“The same goes for Bourne the week after.

“If we do well in these matches then it puts us in a very strong position for the final two games.”

After spending most of the season in the top three places, Timby says it would be an awful feeling to see his side drop down.

And that is something he hopes will inspire his charges on Saturday.

Boston will welcome Colin Cheer back from injury, although they will be without Josh Newton, who will be unavailable for the next fortnight.

Saturday’s victory over Skegness saw Matt Ward come within one run of grabbing his first century. Although he didn’t make it, Timby is backing the overseas player to reach treble figures soon. He said: “You can imagine what mood he was in after the game.

“But it was one of those things. Matt is a good, young player and I’m sure he will score plenty of 100s in the future.”

It has also been a proud week for Boston Cricket Club as Tom Baxter and Jonny Cheer have both been representing the county as Lincolnshire wrapped up a 233-run victory over Bedfordshire in their final match of the Minor Counties season.

Colin Cheer pulled out of the side through injury.

Timby believe that the threesome are inspiring youngsters at the Mayflower, adding: “For a club like Boston to have three players called up too the county squad is rare.

“It’s not something people would have thought possible a while back.

“It’s creating quite a buzz and showing youngsters that if they play for Boston then they could get into the squad too.

“It’s a better feeling when they’re all Boston lads who progressed through the club to get this far.”