BOSTON firsts suffered a surprise defeat at Sleaford in the league and then a miserable weekend was capped off after they went down by one run to Bracebridge Heath in the Winkworth cup final.
Held at the Mayflower ground on Sunday, Boston booked their place in the Lincs Premier League’s knockout final after beating Lindum by 33 runs.
Tom Baxter (35) was top scorer for Boston with Tim Norris, David Sargeant and Josh Newton all scoring in excess of 20.
Their 150 for nine was all the more impressive after the home side lost Jonathan Cheer (0) in the first over.
In reply, Lindum were never really in the hunt losing wickets at a regular rate to be bowled out for 117.
Again, it was Tom Baxter who did the damage (4-22) and he was ably supported by Paul Deans (3-27) and Paul Timby (2-16).
Having booked their place in the final Boston prepared for the toughest of encounters – current league leaders Bracebridge.
Batting first, the visitors scored 163 for seven off their 20 overs with Karanjit Bansal making 54 off 42 balls.
Boston’s bowlers shared the wickets around with Colin Cheer, Scott Elleray, Deans and Baxter all contributing.
Man-of-the-match Tim Norris set about the Bracebridge attack with the opener scoring a superb 61 off 31 balls, with 50 coming off only 27 balls. Tim hit five 4s and four 6s in his splendid knock.
Excellent contributions from Sargeant (23) and Newton (23) seemed to be putting Boston on course for a famous victory but Bracebridge rallied and forced their way back into proceedings.
This meant the home side needed nine runs off the final over.
Darke was the bowler and after four balls the lights were dimming on a Boston victory as only four had been scored. He then delivered the fatal blow, bowling Colin Cheer with the penultimate delivery.
Four were needed off the last ball but Luke Gilding could only manage two.
l The previous day saw Boston go down tamely at Sleaford in the Lincs Premier League, a result made all the more disappointing after their recent superb form.
Boston batted first and were well placed at 88 for three.
But they were undone by a superb display from Bradford and Goacher who ripped the heart of the Boston middle order to leave them floundering on 104-9.
Only some lusty blows from Colin Cheer (32), who hit three sixes, gained some respectability for the high-flyers.
Boston needed a quick response with the ball and Colin Cheer provided some hope when he dismissed Shorthouse for 0.
But that was about as good as it got as Luke Hollingworth (60) and Bradford (32) eventually saw the home side to a comfortable five wicket victory.
Despite this loss, Boston are still in third place (144 points) but trail leaders Bracebridge Heath (191) by 47 points. Market Deeping occupy second (148).
On Saturday, Boston travel to fourth-place Louth who can count England women’s international Arran Brindle in their ranks.
l Other results:
l Boston 2nd XI (77ao) lost by 87 runs to Market Deeping 2nd XI (164ao). Boston’s Haffi Mazhar took 6-29 with Nick Andrews taking 6-11 for the home team.
l Boston 3rd XI (139 ao) lost by five wickets to Welby 1st XI (142 for 5). Sam Major took 4-31 for Boston.
l Boston Sunday 1st XI conceded their match against Martin.
l Boston U15s (100 for 4 off 20 overs) lost by 27 runs to Lindum U15s (127 for 4). Peter Mitchell (15) top scored for Boston.
l Boston U13s (85 for 2 off 12.1 overs) beat Grimoldby U13s (84 for 5 off 20 overs) by 8 wickets. Liam Adams (28 retired no) top scored for Boston.
l Boston U11s (255 for 5 off 16 overs) beat Skegness U11s (244 for 5 off 16 overs) by five wickets. Jack Tetther took 2-11for Boston.