Great Scott! Elleray in form for first hat-trick

Boston Firsts are pictured ahead of Saturday's match along with chairman Chris Wade, who was also representing club sponsors Thompson Richardson Insurance Brokers. Photo: David Dawson.
Boston Firsts are pictured ahead of Saturday's match along with chairman Chris Wade, who was also representing club sponsors Thompson Richardson Insurance Brokers. Photo: David Dawson.

Scott Elleray claimed his first competitive hat-trick as the Boston Cricket Club bowler dismissed six opponents on Saturday.

He conceded just 19 runs from his 9.1 overs to complete a day to remember.

Meanwhile, Boston’s eight-wicket victory means the Mayflower men have opened up a 24-point gap ahead of Bourne Seconds at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

Woodhall’s Peter Jackson won the toss and elected to bat, but a fantastic opening spell from Elleray saw Woodhall’s top three batsmen in the pavilion within 10 overs.

Sam Elliott also picked up the wicket of Nick Bishop to leave Woodhall Spa on 36-4 from 14 overs.

“It was another great start from our openers,” said captain Tom Baxter.

“They both put the ball in the right areas and moved it about.

“The pitch was good for batting but if the ball is in the right area then it’s hard to score runs.”

The introduction of Ben Vella and Baxter to the attack saw more tight overs and, although the next wicket took a while to come, the run rate was slowing and creeping down to two runs per over.

Eventually, Baxter made the breakthrough, removing Matthew Haslam after a great piece of stumping from Matthew Hood.

Baxter then removed Jackson for a duck to leave Woodhall on 83-6.

Vella finished his 12 overs by only conceding 33 runs, but failing to find himself a wicket.

With the re-introduction of Elleray, that extra pace began to cause problems and he removed Sam Cherry and Hugo Finley with the final two balls of the 41st over.

Woodhall were now on 103-8 and Baxter’s 12th over saw him pick up the wicket of Henry Wilson for 36.

So the scene was set, one wicket required and Elleray on a hat-trick ball after his two wickets at the end of his last over.

With every fielder in a catching position, his good length ball travelled through to the gloves of Hood, whose smart catch saw Elleray pick up his first ever competitive hat-trick.

Woodhall’s innings were ended on 105.

“It was a great effort from our four bowlers. Every bowler has gone at less than three per over,” Baxter added.

“You can’t ask much more of them. To bowl a side out for 105 was a fantastic effort on that pitch.”

As Boston looked for that winning total, Hood was bowled by Cherry for 11.

Next to go was Dave Newman, dismissed for 34 as Boston sat on 69-2.

Baxter joined Ryan Croom at the crease and an eager Croom managed to keep the scoreboard moving at a quick rate.

He ended on an unbeaten 42 after facing 30 balls as Boston reached 107-2 to pick up 20 points.

“We batted well and they didn’t bowl that well,” the captain continued.

“We punished the bad ball. At the end of the day, our batting line-up should be able to chase down 105.

“We have eight batsmen that want to be batting in the top four.

“Saihan Azim and Michael Musson went and played for the Second XI this week and they would walk into any other side in our league and bat top five.”

The Thompson Richardson-sponsored Man of the Match was awarded to Elleray for his superb display with the ball.