Deans records 6-8 as Boston Cricket Club Firsts beat Moulton by 117 runs

Paul Deans.
Paul Deans.

Boston Cricket Club First XI put basement side Moulton Harrox to the sword - beating them convincingly with a 117-run victory.

Kieran Evans helped Boston to their 228-6 total with 81 runs, while captain Tom Baxter added a half century.

Paul Deans then did most of the damage with the ball, claiming six wickets for the loss of just eight runs as the home side was bowled out for 111.

On a pitch that had been exposed to some overnight rain, Moulton won the toss and elected to bowl on Saturday.

Opening pair Evans and Peter Moore set about building a platform.

But the early dismissals of Moore (three) and Saihan Azim (six) brought Evans and skipper Baxter together.

The Moulton bowlers worked hard and made scoring difficult, but Evans passed 50 before missing on a second consecutive century, falling for 81.

With Baxter and Luke Gilding at the crease, Boston set about achieving the 200 mark, which entitled them to maximum batting points.

Baxter reached 54 before mistiming a shot to backward point.

Soon after, Matt Poole was dismissed for two, but Gilding quickly raced to 37 before being stumped.

With quick runs at the end from Ricky Drury (14 not out), Boston totalled 228-6 off their allotted overs.

“We ended up scoring five runs per over,” said Baxter.

“It was important that we kept wickets in hand during the innings.

“The wicket wasn’t easy to bat on and always had something in it for the bowlers.

“Kieran batted brilliantly again.

“He’s full of confidence and it has allowed everybody else to play their normal game.”

After tea, Moulton raced to 19 from the first two overs, but a wonderful spell of bowling from Scott Elleray slowed the scoring rate down.

It wasn’t until the introduction of Baxter and Deans, the slow bowlers, that Boston made their breakthrough, Baxter dismissing Jack Cusack for 24.

With Baxter struggling to get it right, Deans took joined the wickets ending with incredible figures of 6-8 off his 12 overs.

Moulton opener Jack Barnett, batted well for 48 before falling to Deans.

Elleray returned to pick up a wicket at the end and a run-out in the final over ensured Boston left Moulton with maximum points.

Deans’ figures of 6-8 earned him the Acorn Taxi’s Man of the Match Award.

“It wasn’t our best bowling display as a unit but Scott and Deano were brilliant today,” Baxter added.

“To bowl 24 overs between them for 25 will always put you in a good position.”