Newman hits 128 as Boston Cricket Club extend unbeaten run against Bourne

Boston Cricket Clkub's Firxt XI. Pictured are (front, L-R) Michael Musson, Matthew Hood, Tom Baxter, Dave Newman, Ricky Drury (bacK) Andy Hewitt, Tim Bell, Ben Vella, Ryan Croom, Sam Elliott, Scott Elleray.
Boston Cricket Clkub's Firxt XI. Pictured are (front, L-R) Michael Musson, Matthew Hood, Tom Baxter, Dave Newman, Ricky Drury (bacK) Andy Hewitt, Tim Bell, Ben Vella, Ryan Croom, Sam Elliott, Scott Elleray.

Dave Newman and Tom Baxter unleashed a batting masterclass as Boston Cricket Club Firsts made it three straight victories.

Saturday’s match at the Mayflower pitted two of the South Lincs and Border League Permier Division’s unbeaten sides against one another.

But it was Boston who earned an 86-run success to keep their sequence going at the expense of Bourne Seconds.

Newman top scored with 128 runs off just 119 balls, including 14 fours and four sixes, while skipper Baxter finished on an unbeaten 96, striking 12 fours and a six of his own.

“We batted very well,” said Baxter.

“They bowled some bad balls at us, but we valued our wicket and that is the key in this league.

“If you make the bowler (try to) get you out, it gives you a good chance of posting a score on the board.”

Turning his attention to Newman, the Morley Brown and Co Solicitors Man of the Match, the captain added: “Newy has come in and really hit the ground running with the bat.

“To score two centuries in two home games is great and something even he wouldn’t have expected.”

Baxter won the toss and elected to bat, with openers Matthew Hood and Newman steadily building a partnership and working the new ball around at ease before Hood was dismissed for 18 off the bowling of Adam Castle.

Ryan Croom joined Newman at the crease and the pair swiftly upped the run rate, pushing the ball around and punishing the bad ball.

Croom was undone by a ball staying low off talented spinner Jordan Temple to leave Boston 100-2 at the halfway stage.

Baxter joined Newman and a steady run-a-ball partnership ensued as they both became more comfortable at the crease.

Newman made it two centuries from two home games as he raised his bat for the second time in three innings while Baxter upped his scoring towards the end, but was four runs short of a century, after facing 80 balls, when the 45 overs were completed.

Newman was dismissed in the final over, bowled by Castle as Boston posted 286-3, scoring 186 from their final 22 overs.

Boston didn’t have it their own way in the field and the Bourne batsmen got stuck in and showed grit and determination to stop the Mayflower men picking up maximum points.

“We bowled badly. As a group, we didn’t bowl enough good balls,” Baxter admitted.

“Too many bad balls released the pressure on the batsmen.”

Boston managed to pick up two wickets from their 45 overs in the field - a first wicket for debutant Ben Vella and another for Baxter - as Bourne ended their innings on 200-2.

Scott Elleray was the pick of the bowlers, bowling his 12 overs for 36, but without much luck.

Boston’s 16 points were enough to see them end the day second in ther table, behind leaders Billingborough.