Boston CC Seconds crank up the title chase pressure

Tim Bell.
Tim Bell.

Boston Cricket Club’s Second XI claimed an eight-wicket victory over Cavaliers to keep their promotion hopes alive.

The Mayflower men’s second string sit 32 points behind South Lincs and Border League Division One leaders Market Deeping.

But Saturday’s victory also sees them move 40 points ahead of fellow promotion hopefuls Freiston, Leake and Leverton, who do have two games in hand.

Michael Troops claimed a five-wicket haul for the loss of just 29 runs as Cavaliers were dismissed for 88 runs in the 29th over. Tim Bell (3-14) and Paul Deans (2-44) also did damage with the ball.

The hosts were never allowed to find their stride and only David Kennedy (28), Bhavyen Shah (13) and Lewis Taylor (23) reached double figures.

Boston reached their matchwinning 89-2 within 20 overs.

Despite opener Tom Poole - who hit his first century seven days earlier - going for seven, being caught by Mark Dale off Lewis Taylor’s delivery, the runs came. Michael Musson top scored with 39 before returning to the pavilion, trapped LBW by Vidit Matta.

However, the unbeaten duo of Damian Lawson (22) and Ben Troops (11) guided the away side to victory.

Boston’s Sunday Seconds earned a 141-run victory at Reepham Firsts in the Lincoln and District League Division Two.

Rob Grant hit 92 runs as Boston posted 238-4, his innings including nine fours and four sixes.

Further good scores came courtesy of Ben Troops (55), Peter Mitchell (40 not out) and Charlie Roberts (25).

Nine-man Reepham were dismissed for 97.

Wickets were taken by Damian Lawson (two), Daniel Lumley (two), Wills Barker (two), David Robinson and MItchell.