Much-needed Boston win

Boston batsmen  left Matt Poole and Kieran Evans.
Boston batsmen left Matt Poole and Kieran Evans.

Boston travelled to Sleaford after three defeats in need of a victory on Saturday and captain Tom Baxter was delighted to pick up the win.

A steady start from Kieran Evans and Luke Gilding saw Boston progress the total to 37 before Gilding was dismissed. Evans was dismissed three overs later for 27.

Matthew Poole followed for 18 and captain Baxter stepped up to the crease to join Sam Major. Major, Gareth Epton, Poole and Goulder all only scored single figures but, Boston managed to slowly build their total and as Goulder was dismissed were on 154-7.

Vice-captain Scott Elleray joined Baxter at the crease and they managed 38 runs, with Elleray smashing two sixes on his way to 21 not out off 12 balls. Boston ended on 192-7 with Baxter unbeaten on 73.

Baxter said: “I thought that was a good total. We showed a little bit more application at the crease and 192 was a total that should have been defended on that pitch.

“It was good to be in the runs today, but the important thing was ensuring we had a total to defend.”

After the tea interval, Elleray bowled his first five overs for three runs.

The introduction of Baxter and Paul Deans saw the run-rate increase before Baxter picked up the wicket of Phil Sneath for 37. A mis-timed drive back to Baxter got Boston back in the game.

Baxter removed himself from the attack and threw Luke Gilding the ball dismissing Roberts for 19. Deans dismissed Burrows in the next over, another catch for Baxter causing the downfall.

Elleray returned to the attack and picked up two quick wickets. The return of Baxter saw Lee fall before a run-out from Goulder, a direct hit from the boundary, saw the end of Gollings. In the last over of the innings, Deans managed to dismiss Goddard to give Boston the victory.

Baxter said: “I thought Scotty bowled brilliantly early on. He then came back on and did the same.

“We were a lot better in the field today and that always helps. We all worked hard and deserved the victory.”