Can they do it? Boston Cricket Club prepare for new season with an eye on promotion

Matthew Hood. EMN-140429-162547001
Matthew Hood. EMN-140429-162547001

Boston Cricket Club’s First XI will begin their South Lincs and Border League Premier Division campaign on Saturday.

Tom Baxter’s side are hoping that victory at home to Belton Park can kick-start their promotion quest.

Boston will hand a debut to Sam Elliott, who has signed over the winter from Heckington CC, while Matthew Hood will return from footballing duties.

“We will be stronger than this week but we are still far from the finished article,” said captain Baxter, following this weekend’s two friendly fixtures.

“We have two lads coming over from Australia and two others will probably still be footballing for the next couple of weeks.

“We have no idea who will be playing for you in this league, so the first few weeks will be a chance to have a look at the results and see who is likely to finish where.”

The Seconds begin their SLBL Division One campaign at Long Sutton.

Boston CC played two friendlies on Saturday.

An First XI team, with a number of squad members unavailable, hosted Spalding Town Firsts, a team expected to do well in the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League this year.

Boston elected to bowl and restricted Spalding to 142-8.

At the tea interval, Boston would have been very happy with Spalding’s total.

But as the Mayflower Men began with the bat, wickets fell at regular intervals and Boston ended up 25 runs short.

On Sunday, Boston hosted Hartsholme in another friendly battle.

Boston set a total of 154-4 from their allotted 40 overs with good contributions from Michael Musson and Shahan Azim.

Young bowler Ben Troops then claimed a five-wicket haul before the weather put paid to the contest.