HARD work pays off and Jonny Cheer is reaping what he sows.
That is the message from Boston CC captain Tom Baxter.
The younger Cheer brother hit 106 runs to help Boston to a nine-wicket victory at Market Deeping on Saturday, before adding an unbeaten 152 a day later to aid the Sunday Seconds.
And after his 78 last week, he is in the form that can make him one of the most feared batsmen in the Lincs ECB Premier.
However, Baxter believed Cheer fully deserves everything that’s coming to him, and it is hard-earned.
He said: “Jonny has been brilliant for us over the last few weeks.
“He knows that there is a lot of pressure on him, but when Jonny is out in the middle, the only pressure he is thinking about is scoring runs.
“It was a fantastic 100. Jonny has had eight Premier League hundreds in two-and-a-half years.
“Some people think it is just his ability that gets him the runs, but he works ever so hard on his game.
“On Friday night, he set up the bowling machine to have a hit to work on a few parts of the game.”
Baxter claimed five wickets himself to help Boston overcome Deeping.
He added: “I’m pleased that I have picked up five wickets, but I would be just as pleased if Colin (Cheer) or Scott (Elleray) had.
“We play as a team, there is no money to earn by picking up wickets or scoring runs at Boston, so we are all behind each other.
“You need 10 wickets to bowl a side out, so in my opinion, does it matter who gets them?”
Boston have now won their last three completed contests, and retaining their current form, could see them creep out of the bottom two. This is the club’s aim, and they hope to get the better of rivals Woodhall at home on Saturday, especially as their visitors have just snapped up Dan Hegarty.
“They are towards the top of the league and have just signed Dan, so it would be a great one to win,” Baxter admitted.
“We have seven games left, and all we will do is continue to do the basics right and take one week at a time.”
Also on Saturday, Boston Seconds travel to Welby and the Thirds are away at Claypole.