High five! Bell’s haul earns win

Tim Bell.
Tim Bell.

Boston Cricket Club’s Second XI claimed a five-wicket victory when they entertained Cavaliers on Saturday.

Tim Bell claimed a five-wicket haul in this South Lincs and Border League Division One contest.

Cavaliers won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking track at the Mayflower.

However, opening bowlers Bell and Micky Troops made early inroads, reducing the visitors to 2­3 in the early exchanges.

Vidit Matta and Rahul Kumar steadied the ship for Cavaliers, batting very sensibly and defensively against Boston’s opening duo, adding a partnership of 43.

Ben Troops was tossed theball to replace Bell and this made an immediate impact, forcing Matta into a false shot where he was caught by Bell.

Ben Troops and Paul Deans kept the scoring to a minimum, both going at under three runs per over and collecting three wickets between them.

With Cavaliers looking for a respectable total, the oncoming batsmen had to come out and play a few shots.

In response, the ball was again thrown to Bell, and he made an immediate impact, adding three more wickets.

Skipper Luke Gilding claimed the final scalp in the last over of the innings, bowling Cavaliers all out for 105.

Boston openers Tom Poole and Michael Musson set about chasing down the total, and they started well with the two passing a partnership of more than 50 runs.

When Poole was dissmissed for 40, Boston were in a very comfortable position.

Boston’s middle order woes continued after the fall of the first wicket, four more wickets dropping for just 29 runs.

Musson (15), Saihan Azim (eight), Luke Gilding (11) and Sam Holland (two) were all dissmissed before Damien Lawson was joined by Paul Tetther and both batted with grit and determination to take Boston to 106-5 with 14.4 overs to spare, claiming the full 20 points.

Boston Seconds host Heckington on Saturday at the Mayflower.