BOSTON Cricket Club’s First XI suffered a 22-run defeat to Lindum, while the Seconds and Thirds both won...
Lincs ECB Premier Division
Lindum 164, Boston 1sts 142 - Lindum won by 22 runs.
ON SATURDAY, Boston entertained Lindum in search of their first victory of the season.
Captain Tom Baxter won the toss and elected to field.
A good opening spell from both Colin Cheer (0-35) and Elleray (1-22) kept Lindum’s scoring down to a minimum.
At 54-1, Lindum would have been happy with their steady start, but the introduction of both club captain Tom Baxter and Paul Timby saw wickets fall at regular intervals, picking up nine wickets between them.
Baxter set the example, ending with career-best figures of 6-49 off his 17 overs, while Timby chipped in with a well-deserved 3-53 off his 13.
Lindum’s innings were held together by the very impressive youngster Ben Powell, who joined the club in the close season.
Powell made 58 from 75 balls.
Boston dismissed Lindum for 164 and gained an extra over with the bat.
After the interval, Boston were to set about chasing down the required runs to achieve their first win of the campaign.
It couldn’t have started much worse as Jonny Cheer was run out in a mix up with Richard Tomlin.
Tomlin and Timby came together and used their experience to see off the new ball.
It was always going to be a close game and with great efforts from Tomlin (33), Matt Poole (18) and Ricky Drury (18 not out), it left Boston with a slight glimpse of snatching victory.
Unfortunately, Boston fell 22 runs short.
Credit must go to the Lindum spinners Karanjit Bansal (4-27) and Jon Miller (2-56) who put a stranglehold on Boston’s innings through the middle stages.
South Lincs and Border League Division Two
Boston 2nds 148, Thomas Cook 83 - Boston won by 65 runs.
ON WHAT looked an interesting pitch, Boston Seconds captain Luke Gilding won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Matthew Hood and Gareth Epton got stuck into their task and fought hard for their wicket before both were dismissed within consecutive overs.
Gilding and Kieron Evans set about taking Boston to a respectable total.
Gilding (48) and Evans (26) batted sensibly and responsibly, which saw the pair make progress.
After these two, the next four wickets fell quickly, leaving youngsters Sam Major and Haffi Mazhar to muster some valuable runs at the end and sway momentum in Boston’s favour at the interval.
With Boston only managing 148, they knew a good bowling display was needed.
Mazhar opened up and had a new opening partner this week as the ever-reliable Paul Deans was given the new ball with his slow left arm, which as usual caused problems for the opposing batsmen.
Deans ended with figures of 3-10 off 12 overs.
With under-valued Gilding grabbing 3-10 off his six overs, it left Mazhar to come on and wrap up proceedings with two wickets at the death.
South Lincs and Border League Division Three
Pinchbeck 102-9, Boston 3rds 103-4 - Boston won by six wickets.
BOSTON’S Third XI made the trip to Spalding to take on Pinchbeck CC.
Kev Manning lost the toss and Boston were asked to field.
This turned out to be a good move for Boston as opening pair Charlie Ward and Lewis Holmes returned figures of 5-8 and 3-10 respectively.
The experience of Kev Brooks also was there to see returning home with 1-18 of his 10 overs.
Boston restricted Pinchbeck to 102-9 off their allotted overs.
After tea, Boston set about chasing them down.
Hero of the innings was Peter Mitchell, who carried his bat throughout the innings to end with 51 not out.
Peter made that two half centuries in three weeks as his impressive form continues.
Boston ended up chasing them down with six wickets in hand.
A special mention must go to Charlie Ward, his figures of 5-8 were his first five-wicket haul in senior cricket.