Indiscipline costs Boston CC Firsts as they slip to Lindum defeat

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.
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Boston CC First XI captain Tom Baxter cited a lack of discipline as the reason his team were beaten by Lindum Seconds on Saturday.

The defeat saw Boston slip to third in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

They are now three points behind Bourne, who overtook them, and 42 behind league leaders Billingborough, who beat the Firsts the previous week.

“It was an indifferent performance and that was the main problem,” Baxter admitted.

“We weren’t as disciplined as we have been with the ball and that played into their hands.”

“Credit must go to their lower order who made it very difficult for us and scored runs at a quick rate.”

On a day when Boston were looking to bounce back from their defeat to champions-elect Billingborough, Baxter won the toss and elected to bowl.

During the first 10 overs, Scott Elleray and Sam Gilding beat the bat on several occasions. In his first game for the Firsts this year, Gilding removed both openers.

With a mixture of fortune, Lindum raced to 60 off their first 10 overs. The introduction of Baxter into the attack slowed the rate and that was backed up by Paul Deans when he entered the attack.

The skipper led by example as Baxter picked up three quick wickets, while at the same time Deans picked up two to leave Lindum on 88-7.

Boston were firmly on top after a mad eight-over spell from the slow bowlers. But it didn’t get any better from there as Lindum’s tail managed to pick up runs.

The next three partnerships managed to muster another 120 runs to leave Lindum on 209-9 off their allotted overs.

Elleray and Baxter both picked up a wicket during this time, with Baxter finishing with figures of 4-30 off his 12 overs.

After the interval, Boston’s attention turned to chasing down 209, but they didn’t get off to a great start. Kieran Evans went for 10 and Luke Gilding and Matthew Poole both walked without scoring.

Baxter joined Saihan Azim at the crease and the pair put on a quick 30 partnership before Azim was caught behind off the bowling of Taylor for 32.

Boston then went from 101-5 to 106-8 as a crazy couple of overs saw Baxter watch the middle order fall in front of him.

With the game looking over, Sam Gilding joined Baxter at the crease and the pair got on with accumulating runs at a steady pace.

Baxter reached an unbeaten 89 but Gilding was dismissed for 19. Boston’s last wicket fell with the total on 192.

“To be honest, I think the scoreboard doesn’t tell you the full story,” said Baxter.

“We lost eight wickets for 100 runs and that isn’t good enough. The partnership between myself and Sam has made the game look a lot closer than it was.

“Of course, it’s nice to be in the runs, but I’d swap them all for the win. Everybody wants to score runs and take wickets but it’s much more fun when you do it and win games at the same time.”

“Lindum were the better side on the day and deserved the victory.”

Tom Baxter was awarded the Acorn Taxis Man of the Match.

Boston have three games left and their final home game of the season is on Saturday when they entertain Bourne Seconds.