Newman scores 1,000 runs for Mayflower men

Dave Newman.
Dave Newman.

Dave Newman took his total to more than 1,000 runs in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division season as Boston CC defeated Stamford Town.

The Mayflower men may have already clinched the title, but Newman began the day 113 runs shy of his four-figure dream.

Scott Elleray.

Scott Elleray.

However, as Boston posted 222-4 he ended his innings on an unbeaten 114.

“To score 200 on that deck was a really good effort,” captain Tom Baxter said.

“You would usually win the toss and bowl, but Dave had a target to get and we have a batting line up that wants to bat.

“For Newy to get 1,000 runs is fantastic. It’s a top effort and something that shows his quality at this level.”

Bowler Scott Elleray also made his point on the day, claiming six wickets to win the division’s bowling award.

Victory also meant that Boston became the first team to claim 400 points in the season for more than 10 years, not bad considering Kieran Evans, Baxter, Sam Elliott and Haffi Mazhar were all unavailable for selection.

Chris Morley and Luke Gilding were promoted from the Seconds while Saihan Azim returned from injury.

The Stamford pitch was very green and favoured the bowlers, but when the coin came down in favour of Newman and his Boston side, he had no hesitation in batting first.

He and Morley opened the innings and set about building another big score.

A 59 run partnership got Boston off to a fantastic start before Morley was caught behind for 11.

With Newman on 42 not out and well set, all hopes were for the stand-in skipper to reach the milestone.

Ryan Croom came to the crease and forced the issue with a run-a-ball 23 before being caught and bowled by Alex Birch.

Ben Vella continued the attacking intent of the Boston batsmen and pushed the score on with Newman before he was dismissed for 28 and Boston were sitting pretty on 155-3 with Newman 83 not out.

Azim soon followed Vella back to the pavilion for six while Matthew Hood (22 not out) joined Newman and the pair saw Boston to the end of their 45 overs and a total of more than 200 runs.

With Boston ending 222-4, they would have been more than happy that it would be plenty but the bowlers still had a job to do.

With Scott Elleray and Vella both chasing the league bowling award it was all set to be a close battle for who could come out on top, but Vella never even got the ball in his hand because of an opening spell from Elleray and Andy Hewitt that saw Stamford dismissed for 50.

A wicket in the first over set the tone when Elleray clean bowled Alex Birch for one.

When Boston had Stamford on 38-4, the two bowlers each had two wickets.

When Chris Bore came to the wicket, he attempted to take the game to Boston and in particular Elleray, but after a couple of boundaries, Elleray got his man for 17 to leave Stamford 46-6. Elleray continued to nag away and the odd piece of magic with the ball or stupidity with the bat saw wickets continue to tumble.

With Elleray picking up 6-39 from his 11 overs, it was fitting that the season came to an end when Elleray picked up the ball at fine leg and completed the run-out of Allen to see Stamford all out for 50.

“Scotty swung the ball and caused some serious problems for the batsmen today,” Baxter added.

“He’s taken 45 wickets this year and really deserves that.

“He’s not had the luck in previous years but to end the season as the league’s leading wicket taker is a brilliant effort.

“You have to give credit to Andy Hewitt aswell. He’s bowled his 10.2 overs today and only conceded six runs.”

With a 172-run victory to end the season, Boston finished with 403 points, 45 points ahead of runners-up Sleaford Seconds. The man of the match award was shared between Newman and Elleray.