Boston CC Firsts demolish Skegness to keep the pressure on

Scott Elleray.
Scott Elleray.

Boston Cricket Club’s Firsts needed just three hours to complete their demolition job of Skegness Seconds.

The Mayflower men picked up 20 points to remain second in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, five points behind leaders Grantham.

The hosts were dismissed for just 47 runs in the 26t over, while Boston breezed to a nine-wicket victory as they reached 48 for the loss of one wicket.

“It was convincing,” sais captain Tom Baxter.

“We bowled well, fielded well and batted well.

“It would have been easy to ease off but we set our standards high and put in a great team performance today.”

After Baxter won the toss at 12.30pm, nobody would have expected the Boston side to be on their way home with 20 points wrapped in three hours’ time, but that was how the game panned out.

The coin fell in favour of Boston and Baxter had no hesitation in opting to bowl.

“The pitch looked good but I felt they were weaker than they have been recently and wanted to exploit this batting line up early,” he said.

The opening partnership of Scott Elleray and Haffi Mazhar bowled fantastically.

The top three of Skegness’ batting line up were all back in the pavilion with only five runs on the board, thanks to two wickets for Mazhar and one for Elleray.

“It was a great opening spell. They’ve really done well the past few weeks,” the captain added.

“We have made it difficult for them to score and that has built pressure.

“At one stage, Haffi bowled 17 consecutive dot balls.”

A run-out from Elleray followed, leaving Skegness on 18-4 before the introduction of the spinners caused more problems for the hosts.

Paul Roberts and Baxter worked well as a pair.

Roberts ended with figures of 3-11 and Baxter 2-2, leaving Skegness on 47-9.

In a strange twist, the hosts’ last man had nipped home so was unable to bat, leaving Skegness with a total of 47.

After a quick turnaround, Kieran Evans (11 not out) and Matthew Hood (22) set about knocking off the total.

With some good running and destructive stroke play, Boston raced to 40-0 before Hood gave Skegness their only wicket.

Saihan Azim came in and quickly ended proceedings with an unbeaten seven off three balls.

The Westwood Lakes Man of the Match was awarded to Haffi Mazhar for his wonderful 2-12 off his seven overs.

“He’s really found his form now,” Baxter added.

“He has settled in well and always creates a problem for the batsman.”