Newman and Hood post unbeaten winning score

Matthew Hood.
Matthew Hood.

Dave Newman and Matthew Hood struck the runs that saw Boston Cricket Club’s First XI make it five straight wins.

Newman’s unbeaten 60 and Hood’s 46 not out ensured the Mayflower men sit 12 points clear of Billingborough at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

Dave Newman.

Dave Newman.

After making the short trip to Spalding Seconds, captain Tom Baxter lost the toss and his side were put into bowl first on a very good, flat deck.

Before the game, both sides acknowledged the life of Richard Dungworth with a minute’s silence.

Richard was a life member and a big part of Boston CC over many years.

Boston openers Scott Elleray and Sam Elliott made runs difficult to come by, but no wickets fell in the first 10 overs.

Elliott finally picked up Boston’s first wicket in the 12th over, while Ben Vella’s introduction to the attack ensured Boston continued to keep it tight.

Two Vella wickets and a Baxter run-out saw Spalding four down at the halfway stage.

“It was a great bowling display from us. We bowled lots of dot balls and were very patient,” said Baxter.

After drinks, Boston’s intensity continued and Spalding found runs difficult to come by.

A couple of Baxter wickets, either side of a great piece of fielding from Michael Musson and Elliott on the boundary, saw Baxter pick up his second run-out of the innings as Spalding were reeling at 95-7.

Vella removed Roy Tilley in his final over and the re-introduction of Elleray saw him pick up two well-deserved late wickets to leave Spalding with only 120 on the board.

“It was a great 39 overs from us,” Baxter said. “On a flat deck like that, to bowl them out and restrict their scoring shots was a fantastic effort.”

After the tea interval, Boston’s openers set about chasing down what seemed another low total.

After Hood and Newman both received chances early on, they soon settled and found run-scoring relatively easy.

Newman’s strength and power was ably complimented by his fellow opener’s timing and placement.

“It was a great opening partnership,” Baxter added. “They batted sensibly but with an attacking instinct.”

Boston’s passed the Spalding total without losing a wicket, giving Boston another 20-point victory.

The Man of the Match award was handed to Matthew Hood for an outstanding wicketkeeping display and a very sensible, determined 46 not out in the unbeaten match-winning partnership.

“He’s worked hard on his game and not had a great deal of luck,” the captain reflected.

“I’m pleased for him. The work he puts in during the week will be all worthwhile now.”