Joy of six! Boston CC extend winning-streak to keep pressure on the league leaders

Scott Elleray.
Scott Elleray.

Boston Cricket Club stretched their winning streak to six matches following Saturday’s 44-run victory at Moulton Harrox.

The result saw Tom Baxter’s side pick up 19 points to remain in second place in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, eight points behind leaders Grantham.

Boston won the toss and the decision to bat first was a change from the previous couple of weeks as the captain opted for a runs-on-the-board approach.

With Kieran Evans and Matthew Hood opening up, runs seemed to come easy as both batsmen cashed in on the bowling of the opening bowlers.

After the first drinks break, Hood was removed for 32 after being trapped LBW. The wicket of Evans soon followed for 44 and Boston had to re-build.

Baxter and Poole were then removed within four balls and Boston were now looking at 107-4.

With four more wickets falling quickly Boston were very quickly in trouble, looking down the barrel at 122-8.

Scott Elleray came to the crease and attacked the spinners before harshly being given out LBW.

Tim Bell and Haffi Mazhar batted with patience and control and managed to add a very important 43-run partnership. They ended the innings for the Mayflower men, both on 19 not out.

Boston ended the innings 180-9 off their 45 overs.

After the tea interval, Boston set about bowling out an in-form Moulton side which would be hopeful of picking up the victory.

Elleray and Mazhar put the ball in the right area and were again unlucky not to pick up any wickets.

The introduction of Bell saw Moulton lose their first wicket after a smart catch by Mazhar.

Baxter brought himself into the attack and the runs really dried up.

With Bell bowling his five overs for seven runs and Baxter’s first seven overs going for no runs, Moulton found

themselves struggling for runs. In those overs, Baxter removed Jack Cusack and Jack Barnett and a great piece of fielding from Tom Poole saw the run-out of Jospeh Broomfield.

Baxter picked up Moulton’s captain, Chris Beale when he mis-timed his shot straight into the waiting hands of Elleray.

Baxter’s spell came to an end and his 12 overs managed to bring 3-12 from them including eight maidens.

Paul Roberts entered the attack to remove Karl Hibbert before the re-introduction of Elleray saw him pick up the final four wickets of the Moulton innings.

The innings did go to the last ball when Elleray found the edge of the bat before a smart catch from Gilding.