Scott Elleray’s five-wicket demolition job helped Boston Cricket Club’s First XI earn an eight-wicket victory at Grantham Seconds on Saturday.
The result sees Boston and Billingborough locked on top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division after two rounds of matches, both on 39 points.
“It was a great return,” said captain Tom Baxter.
“He was unlucky early on in the innings but this second spell was a great spell of bowling.”
After winning the toss, Baxter elected to put Grantham in to bat, and his decision proved fruitful when Samuel Elliott caught and bowled Oliver Clawson for 11.
Baxter then picked up the wicket of Charles Wright after a smart catch from Andy Hewitt at first slip.
Hewitt entered the attack and a short spell of four overs only conceded five runs, adding to the pressure of the Grantham batsmen.
The introduction of Dave Newman brought a wicket with his first ball, a run-out to Grantham batsman Matthew Wing, leaving the hosts on 4-3 off 26 overs.
“We worked hard as a unit with the ball and in the field,” Baxter said.
“It was difficult to score on that track but nothing can be taken away from the bowlers.”
Newman then dismissed Danny Bates with the aid of Michael Musson’s catch, as Grantham were left on 79-5.
Baxter’s 12-over spell came to an end with figures of 1-29 off his 12 and he re-introduced Elleray into the attack.
Elleray’s hostile bowling spell saw him pick up the final five wickets, ending with figures off 5-30.
The final four were all bowled by Elleray in a spell of left arm bowling that targeted the stumps at every given possibility, dismissing Grantham for 113 in their final over.
Boston were given a nervy 40-minute wait as the rain fell down before they could take their turn with the bat.
But when they did they reached a matchwinning 114-2 in their 27th over.
Matthew Hood was dismissed LBW to the bowling of Adam Parker with seven runs to his name.
But Newman and Musson came in and battled hard, taking the score to 61 before Newman was dismissed for 25.
With Boston requiring 53 to win, Baxter (36 not out) and Musson (33 not out) began to find gaps as Grantham looked to pick up wickets, guiding the Mayflower men to victory in the process.