Lincs ECB Premier
Haxey 129 all out, Boston 1st XI 111-7.
Match abandoned Boston 10 pts
ON SATURDAY, Boston 1st XI made the lengthy trip to Haxey to face the league leaders. With Haxey high on confidence, this was always going to be a big test for Boston.
Boston captain Tom Baxter won the toss and decided to bowl. A fantastic start by Colin Cheer and Scott Elleray saw Haxey’s batsmen under early pressure.
Elleray dismissed Wraith and Harvey, both caught by Hegarty while the Cheer brothers joined forces removing Attenborough with a good catch at first slip.
Boston worked tirelessly in the field and continued to pick up regular wickets. Baxter ended with 3-34 off 10 overs, before Elleray picked up the last wicket to bowl Haxey out for 129.
After the interval, the early wicket of Bell put Boston on the back foot. Hegarty and Cheer then worked hard and put on 70 for the 2nd wicket before Cheer was dismissed by Haxey’s off-spinning captain, Mark Atkins.
After Moore was dismissed by Atkins, Epton and Hegarty continued for Boston. Unfortunately, Boston slumped to 111-7 before the rain started to come.
With Boston needing 19 runs to win and Haxey requiring 3 wickets, it was set for a good finish, but the weather ruined any chances of a result as Boston had to take 10 points from the game as the match was abandoned.
Captain Baxter said: “You never know what would have happened if the rain hadn’t come. They were on a high after a few quick wickets but we only needed 20 more runs.
“Again, we were brilliant in the first half of the game. With the ball, we worked hard and our disciplined bowling helped us pick up regular wickets. In the field, we were brilliant. We are a young side and in the field that showed with the energy we showed.
“Next week we host Hartsholme, what can be looked at as a 40 pointer. With both us down at the bottom of the table, we will both be keen to pick up a victory.”
“We now look to have a settled side for the rest of the season and we are looking to build on the previous two performances as we aim to move out of the relegation zone.”
l WHILE Boston First’s match was abandoned due to weather, the Seconds and Thirds experienced mixed bags.
The Seconds’ South Lincs and Border League Division Two Clash with Blankney ended with the home team winning by 38 runs (93 all out to 94-3). Their previous meeting with the team had previously fallen foul of the weather.
In division three, the Thirds lost to Friskney by seven wickets with the final score reading Boston 173-3 to Friskney 135 all out.