High five for Gilbert


SLBL Division Two

Boston 3rds 41, Graves Park 42-3 - Park won by seven wickets.

On a hot, sunny day which was ideal for batting, Graves Park won the toss and decided against the obvious route.

Playing to their strengths they inserted Boston into bat.

This decision was soon vindicated as the first wicket fell in the second over, Joe Gilbert continuing his fine form from the week before removing Peter ward for a duck.

Wickets continued to tumble as the opening pair of Jack Ashton and Gilbert worked their way through the Boston batting line up.

Ashton bowled well with pace and aggression and was unlucky to finish with only three wickets from his allotted 12 overs.

Gilbert picked up his second consecutive five-wicket haul with figures of 5-11.

Martin Hodgson replaced Gilbert and was inexpensive in his four overs, but it was down to Braydon Wyeth to finish the innings with his first ball, forcing a top edge from Ian Morris and an easy catch for James Luto behind the stumps.

A fantastic team effort from the Park men restricting Boston CC to 41 from 24 overs.

In reply, Graves Park did not make the best start, losing captain Hodgson for two in the third over, spooning a simple catch to cover.

Edging towards the 41 required, confusion in the middle caused the run out of Ashton for 11 and Luto caught behind with the score on 28.

The Park Men looked to Steve Clements and Lewis Skinner to knock off the remaining runs.

Both batsmen chipped away, but with the scores even, it was a wide that gave Graves Park the victory, summing up a disappointing day for the Boston Third XI.