Jonny Cheer’s 86 runs were not enough to guide Boston Cricket Club Firsts to victory at Bourne.
Indeed, the Mayflower men salvaged just four batting points from a contest which saw them drop to within 14 points of the relegation slots.
On Saturday Boston made the trip to Bourne, looking to avenge their defeat earlier in the season when they were bowled out for 63.
This time it was a day for the bowlers to fail as Bourne eased to a second victory.
When Bourne captain Peter Morgan won the toss, he elected to field and Boston wouldn’t have minded batting on what looked a good pitch and a short boundary.
Kieran Evans was trapped LBW for four and Tom Poole edged behind for seven and Boston were on 24-2.
Cheer and Liam Sparke attempted to re-build the poor start and pushed the score to 50 before the latter was bowled by jack Berry for 18.
Captain for the day Ryan Croom joined Cheer and the crease and the pair added 70 valuable runs, and Boston started to up the run rate as Croom was dismissed for 39, and Boston sat at 123-4.
Boston knew a score of 200 would be the least they needed, and with some gentle acceleration in the innings Cheer and Saihan Azim managed to take the game to Bourne’s bowlers and up the run rate.
Azim, Cheer and Peter Mitchell all fell in the space of 11 runs and Boston were on 181-7.
Riley Orr, Scott Elleray and Tim Bell pushed Boston past the 200 barrier, ending their innings on 203-9 and therefore picking up four batting points.
Berry’s five wickets in his second spell saw him end with figures of 7-62 from his 15 overs.
“They bowled well, and a few of our lads gave our wickets away,” sidelined captain Tom Baxter said.
“(The score of) 200 is always a score that we talk about, as it gives you a chance.
“On that pitch, it may have been below par, but it should have given us a chance, and might have done had we bowled well.”
The four batting points were to be Boston’s only four points of the game as Bourne made 203 look very below par.
After the tea interval, the hosts really took the game to Boston’s bowlers and a 71-run partnership from Robert Bentley and Berry off 40 balls got them off to a flier.
When Bentley was dismissed it took a smart catch from Cheer at first slip to give Boston the breakthrough.
However, Berry continued and passed 50 from 28 balls, before falling to the next ball, attempting another huge hit and finding the hands of Evans at deep mid-wicket to give Paul Deans a well-deserved wicket.
Bourne were 103-2 and still had nearly 40 overs left.
Carl Wilson and Sam Evison set about building another partnership and, although nowhere near as entertaining as Berry and Bentley, they still scored quickly, sensibly waiting for the bad balls.
Wilson and Evison both passed 50 and Bourne won the game in the 30th over, chasing down 203 with ease.
“They came out and batted well,” added Baxter.
“We bowled badly and they came out and capitalised on that.
“They made use of the short boundary, something we definitely didn’t do.
“Bourne have struggled for runs this year, then they go and knock off 200 in 30 overs.
“They’re a good side that haven’t fired this year. They certainly got it right with the bat on Saturday.”
Boston’s man of the match went to Cheer for his 86 that allowed Boston to post 203, otherwise it could have been even worse.
With that result, Boston drop to ninth place and are now only 14 points ahead of the two relegation places and only 21 points from bottom spot. In contrast, however, Boston sit 10 point behind Woodhall Spa in sixth spot.