“I thought it wasn’t going to be my day” says Boston Cricket Club’s Paul Deans, following five-wicket haul

Paul Deans claimed five victims as Boston Cricket Club First XI stormed to a seven-wicket victory over Belton Park.

After recording figures of 5-36, the Acorn Taxis Man of the Match said: “After my first over, I thought it wasn’t going to be my day.

Kieran Evans in bat for Boston.

Kieran Evans in bat for Boston.

“I put the ball in the right area and this week it was my turn to pick up the wickets.”

Only an hour before the scheduled start, a 20-minute downpour left some serious thought for both captains.

Boston skipper Tom Baxter won the toss and elected to field first - a tactic which saw the visitors dismissed for 107.

New-ball partners Scott Elleray and Haffi Mazhar set about the Park attack, with left armer Elleray putting the ball in the right area and being unlucky to end his seven-over spell with only one wicket.

With both picking up one wicket in their opening spell, it left Belton Park two down and with possibly their best two batsmen at the crease.

The introduction of the slow bowlers, who last week slowed the scoring rate, didn’t have the same effect.

At 72-2, Belton were in a good position and Boston needed to do something.

Baxter picked up the crucial wickets of Daniel Reynolds (30) and Daniel Turner (33) before Deans joined in with a very impressive five-wicket haul.

Belton stumbled to 107 all out as the spin pairing picked up eight wickets between them.

Baxter added: “I have picked up three wickets today, but it wasn’t one of my best spells.

“Paul bowled brilliantly. He’s great to have around the team.”

After the tea interval, Boston had to set about chasing down 107.

Kieran Evans and Peter Moore again took their roles as the opening pair, but Moore hit just two runs before he was heading back to the pavillon.

This brought Baxter to the crease and, along with Evans, they pushed the scoreboard along until Evans was undone for 22.

Baxter and number four Saihan Azim patiently set about chasing down the total.

Azim upped the rate and within an eight ball period scored two sixes and three fours to quickly move it on, before going for 27.

Luke Gilding came to the crease and saw Boston home without the loss of any further wickets ending 12 not out as Baxter finished 29 not out.

“It was another win and a very disciplined performance. The whole team deserves credit for the hard work they put in,” Baxter added.

“Of course there were things that we can work on.

“Personally, I need to bowl much better than that and all three wickets that we lost were given away by our batsmen. We are a work in progress and everybody’s learning.”