Destructive Croom hits 130 runs for the Firsts

Ryan Croom.
Ryan Croom.

Ryan Croom and Dave Newman both struck centuries as Boston Cricket Club Firsts took another step further to theur dream of promotion.

Croom struck an unbeaten 130 off just 68 balls - including 11 fours and eight sixes - while Newman added 112 (19 fours and one six) to the total.

The pair helped the Mayflower men post 353-2, before struggling Spalding Seconds were dismissed for 132 to keep Boston 31 points clear of Woodhall Spa in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

With captain Tom Baxter winning another toss he had no hesitation in having a bat on what looked a very good wicket.

Kieran Evans and Newman went about opening the innings in a positive manner and, with a combination of good batting and bad bowling, Boston raced to 80-0 from nine overs.

As Newman steamed away from Evans on an individual note he neared his third century of the season.

Evans scored 58 before a mis-judged single left him run-out.

“It was a great opening stand,” said Baxter.

“They batted with a controlled aggression. They looked to score runs and got lots of opportunities to do so.”

Newman raced to his century with a boundary and would have fancied a huge score until a smart catch from Robert Noble behind the stumps saw him dismissed for 112 from 82 balls.

Croom and Baxter then set about continuing the Boston innings and posting a big total.

What was to come was a very bizarre, yet amazing, partnership.

With Croom sitting on eight not out at Baxter’s arrival to the crease, few would have believed that a 161-run partnership from the pair would see Croom hit 122 of them to end the innings on 130 not out.

“Kieran and Dave batted brilliantly but being out there for Croom’s innings was great viewing,” Baxter added.

“To be able to watch his destructive innings from 22 yards was great.”

Croom and Baxter’s partnership of 161 came off only 15 overs as the latter added 31 not out.

With Boston sitting on 353-2 from 40 overs, Baxter decided enough was enough and declared, leaving Boston with 50 overs to bowl out their opponents.

After the tea interval, Scott Elleray and Sam Elliott set about picking up early wickets.

They both picked up a wicket each, dismissing the openers to leave Spalding 37-2.

The introduction of Baxter instantly brought a wicket, Simon Juckes being caught instinctively by Croom for 16.

At 50-3, Andy Hewitt’s first over saw two wickets and no runs, so Spalding now sat at 50-5. Another Baxter wicket gave him his 35th of the season.

Baxter removed himself and Hewitt from the attack to introduce Newman and Elleray.

The bowling change of Newman seemed a masterstroke as his eight overs reaped four wickets, only conceding 20 runs.

Boston’s big victory saw them gain another 20 points to gain one more point on Sleaford and keep the gap between Woodhall and themselves at 31 points.

Boston’s man of the match award was given to Dave Newman for his 112 and 4-20.