BOSTON Cricket Club First XI’s survival hopes have been dealt a major blow after a weekend of fixtures affected by rain means they remain at the bottom of their league.
Team captain Tom Baxter said he was disappointed because he had targeted Saturday’s game against Louth CC to help the team’s ambitions in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
It is the second time a game has been cancelled against Louth this year.
Baxter said: “Missing out on playing Louth both times this year is disappointing as it is a side that are in the bottom half of the table.
“Although Louth may have beaten us, with the rain not allowing us the chance on the field, it does leave us thinking… ‘What if it hadn’t rained’?
With 10 games remaining, it is expected that Boston are going to be in a relegation battle at the end of the season.
l BOSTON will make the lengthy trip to Haxey on Saturday in hope of denting the Premier League’s new boys hopes of winning the championship.
Baxter praised the team as having done fantastically well this year, and likened their success to his own last year.
He said: “Once you get on a roll, you start to believe you can beat anybody.
“Bell and Perera have always taken wickets for them early on, so seeing those out of the attack will hold us in good stead for the match.”
Graham Attenborough, averaging 31.13, is in the top 10 run scorers this year and has been ably supported by left-hander Peter Harvey in the middle order.
“We don’t know a great deal about Haxey as a team, but I have spoken to a few people about different players in their line up and we have made plans that will hopefully help us to return from the north of the county with 20 points,” added Baxter.
l ON A more downbeat note, Boston will again be without the services of former club captain and coach Paul Timby.
Paul has decided to take a few weeks off from playing and is currently considering his options.
“Paul will be a great miss in our side, as his overs and runs will be missed. I have spoken to Paul about the situation and do hope that we see Paul back in the 1st XI before the end of the season. At the end of the day, as much as I wish Paul was available this week, it is important that he is enjoying what he is doing.
“If he isn’t finding playing enjoyable, then I wouldn’t expect him to do it.
“Paul has been important to me as a player over the past few years. We all owe Paul a lot at Boston Cricket Club and are all fully behind the decisions that he makes.
“Paul has worked tirelessly for Boston Cricket Club, both on and off the field, whether that be as captain, coach, parent, player or out in public finding a sponsor for the club.
“Paul is a strong character and his decision has been made. Hopefully, a couple of weeks rest and he will soon be champing at the bit to return to help us avoid relegation.”
Paul was the captain of the 1st XI when they won promotion to the Premier League in 2009 and when Boston CC recorded their highest ever ECB Premier League finish of 3rd in 2011.
l BOSTON First XI have made the finals of the Albion Cup for the second time in two years.
The team were drawn against local rivals Woodhall Spa in the quarter finals of the competition and managed to scrape through in a game that could not have possibly been tighter.
A Scott Elleray boundary off the last ball of the innings left both sides scoring the same total, so it came down to the team’s runs scored after nine overs. Boston edged through by one run.
In semi-final action, Boston travelled to Jubilee Park, the home of Woodhall Spa, to take on Lindum CC on neutral turf.
With Baxter winning the toss, Boston elected to field.
A fantastic effort with the ball, saw Lindum restricted to 89 runs off their 18 overs – three run-outs in the field was evidence that Boston are a very useful fielding outfit at whatever standard they play.
Boston set about chasing these down, and Cheer and Gilding saw them home with eight wickets in hand.
Proud captain Baxter said: “It is something that has amazed me, since our introduction to the shorter form of the game. In our Winkworth Cup Twenty20 matches, we have reached the final in two years, both times losing to Bracebridge Heath, and this year the rain caused us to go out on a bowl-out.
“Last year we won the Albion Cup and two years ago, a number of Boston cricketers were part of the Friskney side that defeated Billingborough in the Pattinson Cup held at Sleaford.
“There is less pressure on the side as we look on it as a bit of fun. We were not expecting to get this far, but now we have we are keen to add to the trophy cabinet at the club.”
Boston were due to play their final tonight (Wednesday) but it has had to be put back due to the semi-final between Bracebridge Heath and Cherry Willingham still being unplayed.
l BOSTON’S second and third and Sunday teams also suffered from the weather at the weekend as all their matches were either abandoned or cancelled.
The under 11 game, due to be played tonight (Wednesday), has also been cancelled.