Dave Newman hit 155 runs as Boston Cricket Club got their season of to a winning start.
The batsman struck his 155 runs off 110 balls as the Mayflower men beat Belton Park by 183 runs in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.
Kieran Evans also added 58 runs to Boston’s 301-3 total, with the away side concluding on 118-8.
“The pair batted brilliantly and took the game away from Belton Park,” said Boston skipper Tom Baxter.
“There seemed to be a boundary every ball.”
Baxter won the toss and elected to bat, Boston posting 16 before losing Matthew Hood (eight) when Thomas Ward found the edge of his bat.
Evans joined Newman and they pushed the scoring along before Evans was bowled by Jake Pollard.
Baxter then joined Newman, facing just one ball as the pair put on 47 runs.
“He was hitting it to all areas. It looked good from the other end and I was happy to watch the ball hit the boundary rope,” Baxter added.
Newman posted 155 before being dismissed by Rohan Perera for 155.
Baxter and Saihan Azim pushed the score 297 before a knee injury to Azim saw his innings cut short, having to retire hurt for 36.
Four more runs from the last three balls saw Boston edge over the 300 barrier and end their 45 overs 301-3, Baxter (29) and Michael Musson (three) both still at the crease.
After the tea interval, Boston set about picking up the 10 wickets required to ensure that they started the season with a maximum 20 points at home.
Boston’s bowling was far from where they would have expected it to be, but they worked hard to put the ball in the right areas.
Scott Elleray and Samuel Elliott struggled early on as the pitch didn’t offer much for the pace bowling.
Elliott picked up his first wicket in a Boston shirt when he removed Alex Wheeler with a caught and bowled.
The next two wickets fell to Baxter, with another caught and bowled and the other, a smart catch from Andrew Hewitt.
Belton Park made it very difficult for Boston to pick up full bowling points and their main aim was to bat out their overs without worrying about getting any runs.
“At times it was not fun out there but we need to be smarter with the ball as the season goes on,” Baxter continued.
With 10 overs to go, Boston needed five wickets to pick up full points.
Three wickets fell, courtesy of Ben Troops, leaving Boston with 19 points.
“We would have taken that at the start of the day but to miss out on a point after winning so convincingly is frustrating,” Baxter added.
The White Hart Hotel Man of the Match was awarded to Dave Newman for his 155 off 110 balls.