Boston CC make it six of the best against Skegness

Peter Moore.
Peter Moore.

Tom Baxter and Peter Moore both hit half centuries as Boston Cricket Club earned a convincing nine-wicket victory at Skegness Seconds.

Wickets from Scott Elleray, Paul Deans and Baxter - who each took two victims - and Andy Hewitt ensured that the Mayflower men have won all six of their matches in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division to date.

Kieran Evans added a run out.

Boston had to cope with a last-minute change of wicket-keeper as Ricky Drury had to deputise for Luke Gilding, due to illness.

But Drury was in good form, chipping in with a stumping off a Deans delivery.

On a very good deck at Skegness, Boston won the toss and elected to bowl.

With Haffi Mazhar absence, Hewitt was handed another opportunity to open the bowling.

After a cagey start, Baxter introduced the slow bowlers, Deans and himself, into the attack.

Baxter made the first breakthrough, with the dismissal of opener Trevor Walton (30).

Deans removed Reece Brant (two) and Fernando (14) quickly.

Opener Alistair Ainsworth (60) was eventually dismissed by Hewitt and, with the tail end failing to make an impact, Skegness finished on 161-8 off their 45 overs.

Elleray picked up two wickets at the death.

“We worked hard on a flat deck,” said captain Baxter.

“The pitch didn’t have a great deal in it for the bowlers, but we all worked hard and put the effort in.

“We were not at our best today in the field.

“It is one thing that I try and drum into the lads, that we should be the best fielding side in the league.

“We were still okay today, but we all know we could do better.”

After tea, Boston set about chasing the total.

A steady partnership from Evans and Moore led Boston to 35 before the dismissal of Evans for 25.

Acorn Taxis man of the match Baxter came in at number three.

Although the scoring slowed, the pair built another steady partnership.

Moore (56) passed the half century mark just a couple of overs before Baxter (68) did the same.

The captain’s scoring rate increased rapidly towards the end, hitting five of his last seven balls to the boundary.

Boston eventually reached 162 for the loss of only one wicket, within 41 overs.

“I didn’t expect that at half-way,” Baxter added.

“Yes, the pitch was good but that was a great effort.”

“It was good to pass 50 personally, but the win is important and that is another win under our belts.”