Louth returns to haunt his old teammates! Boston Cricket Club suffer 22-run defeat against Bourne

Tom Baxter can't hold on to Peter Moore's effort.
Tom Baxter can't hold on to Peter Moore's effort.

BOSTON remain rooted to the foot of the Lincs ECB Premier table following Saturday’s 22-run defeat against Bourne.

In the penultimate round of matches, Boston were confident of getting something from their final contest on the Mayflower.

When Boston won the toss and elected to bowl, they were going to have to work hard in the sun.

In the first over, Boston’s Colin Cheer dismissed Tom Binns without scoring.

Wicketkeeper Matt Hood caught Binns to grab his 13th dismissal since coming into the side.

This brought ex-Boston captain Conrad Louth to the crease.

Before he had faced a ball, a slight deflection off Scott Elleray’s hand nearly saw Louth out, but the ball ran past the stumps.

A 48-run partnership was ended when captain Tom Baxter rushed one through Ben Stroud’s defences to bowl him for 34.

Boston knew they know needed to couple of wickets, especially the wicket of Louth.

But a 100-run partnership saw Bourne reach the 150 stage before Peter Morgan was dismissed by Elleray.

Carl Wilson joined Louth in the middle and runs continued to come.

Elleray bowled Wilson for 26 and Tom Dixon for four.

Louth managed to reach a well-deserved 145 not out as Bourne posted 284-5.

After the interval, Boston knew what they needed to win that game.

Kieron Evans was scoring freely and with good support from Jonny Cheer, usually the dominant of the two openers, Boston got off to a great start.

Darren Cousins dismissed Evans for 46 after edging to first slip.

At this point, Cheer then took on the role of scoring runs as he and Epton put on 60 before Epton was run-out for 14.

Gilding was then caught at second slip off Cousins before Poole was dismissed the ball after, Cousins bowling him.

A 70-run partnership from Cheer and Saihan Azim saw Boston to 190 before Cheer gave Dixon a catch off his own bowling.

Baxter soon followed and at 195-6, Boston still had a chance.

Hood and Azim put on 40 before Hood tried one big shot too many, chasing the victory.

A mix up with Colin Cheer and Azim saw the latter back in the pavillon after another run out.

Boston ended their innings when Cheer was bowled by Stroud.