Boston CC return to action with two friendlies

Saihan Azim.
Saihan Azim.

Boston CC played two friendlies this weekend.

The First XI hosted Spalding Town Firsts, a team expected to do well in the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League this year.

With a handful of prospective first teamers missing, Boston fielded a mixed side that would face a tough test for their first action of the season.

Boston won the toss and elected to bowl.

The decision was taken after the morning drizzle made the pitch slightly more bowler friendly.

A fantastic effort from the Boston team in the field restricted Spalding’s scoring.

In a 40 over game, Spalding could only manage 142-8.

“We bowled really well,” said captain Tom Baxter.

“The pitch was on the slow side but the bowlers put it in the right area and made it difficult for the batsmen to score.”

At the tea interval, Boston would have been very happy with Spalding’s total.

After the tea interval, Boston set about chasing down their first total of the season.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and Boston ended up 25 runs short.

“For the first game, it was a good blow-out,” Baxter added.

“Everyone has got something out of the game and can take that into the league games.”

On Sunday, Boston hosted Hartsholme in another friendly battle.

Although the wind and rain tried to spoil it early on, Boston managed to set a total of 154-4 off their allotted 40 overs.

Good contributions from Michael Musson and Saihan Azim led the cause.

After the tea interval, Boston could only bowl two overs before the rain poured down and the covers were hauled onto the field.

After a lengthy delay the umpires decided to give it another go and Boston picked up wickets at regular intervals.

A fantastic opening spell from youngster Ben Troops saw the club’s first five wicket haul of the season.

Two wickets apiece from Azim and Tom Appleyard left Hartsholme struggling on 42-9 before the rain came again, leading to the first abandonment of the 2015 season.

The friendlies this weekend have been good match practice for everyone involved ahead of the club’s first league games this coming weekend’s league openers.