One ‘Ell of a show! Great Scott leads the way as Boston CC Firsts remain top of the SLBL Premier

Scott Elleray.
Scott Elleray.

Saihan Azim and Scott Elleray received the plaudits as Boston Cricket Club Firsts remain top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

Azim top scored with 70 runs and Elleray claimed six wickets for the loss of nine runs as the Mayflower men beat struggling Welby by 157 runs.

“Saihan batted brilliantly. He has a great eye and has really found some form in these past few weeks,” said caoptain Tom Baxter.

“(The score of) 242 was our biggest total of the year so far.”

But Elleray also got the thumbs up from his skipper.

Baxter continued: “He bowled brilliantly. It was his best spell of the year.

“He just put the ball in the right area and nagged away just outside off-stump.

“To bowl 12 overs and only go for nine runs is something special. He has beat the bat so many times.”

After being put in to bat, Boston openers Kieran Evans and Luke Gilding started well and put away the bad balls.

Another 40-plus partnership from the opening pair saw both openers manage 21 runs before being dismissed by opening bowlers David Curran and Matthew Orrey respectively.

Matthew Poole and Baxter were soon together at the crease and the scoring rate slowed as the batsmen concentrated on getting themselves in.

The pair pushed the score along and it wasn’t until the pair had put on 50 that Poole was trapped LBW by Andrew Spencer for 48.

At 119-3, Boston had their sights set on the 200 mark to achieve maximum batting points. Baxter was joined at the crease by Azim, who continued his form from the last two weeks.

As Baxter seemed to struggle for runs, Azim made batting look easy at the other end, scoring runs quickly.

The score moved to 190 before Baxter was bowled by Fraser Sloss for 30.

With a change to the batting order, big-hitting Elleray was promoted to number six as Boston looked to score as many as possible.

Azim continued to find the boundary and was eventually dismissed by Sloss for 70 off 51 balls, including three fours and six sixes.

Boston lost two late wickets trying to clear the ropes as Tim Bell and Elleray were both caught on the boundary in the last over. Acorn Taxis Man of the Match Elleray was dismissed off the last ball of the innings for 26 off 15 balls as Boston ended their innings on 242-7 off their 45 overs.

With the ball, left-armer Elleray picked up the wickets of Welby’s top three with an LBW and two catches from wicket-keeper Tom Poole.

Baxter ended with figures of 3-23, with Paul Deans picking up his customary wicket.

That left Elleray to return with the ball to pick up another three wickets to end with figures of 6-9 off his 12 overs.

Boston remain four points clear at the top, ahead of Billingborough.