TOM Baxter believes that the good times are just round the corner for Boston Cricket Club’s First XI.
The side are yet to pick up their first win, following eight matches in this season’s Lincs ECB Premier Division.
However, as the Mayflower men prepare to face fellow strugglers Sleaford, they do so in positive mood.
“Our first aim is to get our first win, then we can concentrate on climbing out of the relegation zone,” captain Baxter said.
However, that first victory was within their grasp this Saturday against highflying Skegness.
Boston suffered a single wicket defeat, but had Baxter himself hung on to a late catch, his side would have claimed victory.
“We are still a positive bunch of lads,” he added.
“Skegness are going to challenge for the title this year and we have given them a good fight.
“If I could have hung onto that catch, the league table would look a little different.”
Sometimes the margin between victory and defeat can be that close.
However, now Boston are looking to force their way up the table at Sleaford, who currently sit two places above them.
He continued: “Next week we travel to Sleaford in what is a massive game for us.
“Sleaford got a win on Saturday to pull away from us, so a win is needed to close that gap and remain in contention with Grimsby and Lindum just above us.”
Despite Saturday’s defeat to Skegness, Boston firmly believe they can force their way up the table.
Baxter again took positives from the weekend’s action.
He said: “(It was) so close. It isn’t easy after losing any game, let alone a game that you had in your hands.
“Admittedly, we may not have won a game this year, but we are showing signs of improvement week after week, and I am sure that we have enough in our changing room to turn our form around.
“We don’t have the money to chuck around to players that some sides do, but what we do have is a great set of lads that want to perform, not only for themselves but for each other. “
Baxter also reserved praise for bowler Scott Elleray, who claimed six victims for Boston.
“A special mention must go to Scott Elleray who achieved his first Premier League five-wicket haul,” the captain continued.
“Scott doesn’t get the credit he deserves at this level.
“He consistently makes batsmen play and what Scott showed Saturday was that making batsmen play forces mistakes.
“On the batting front, 177 is our highest total of the year and we have managed to bat 50 overs as well.
“Yes, we should be doing this week in, week out, but we haven’t been and improvements are being made.”
On Saturday, the Firsts travel to face Sleaford in the Lincs ECB Premier.
In the South Lincs and Border League Division Three, the Thirds are at home to Spalding Thirds, while the Friendly XI are away at Horncastle.
The following day, the Sunday Firsts are at Nettleham in the Lincoln and District League Premier Division.
In Division One, the Sunday Seconds host Blankney.