Boston Cricket Club Thirds hosted their Belton Park counterparts in a South Lincs and Border League Division Two encounter at the weekend.
Batting first on a soft wicket in this keenly contested match, Belton found early runs hard to come by as they struggled with the tight bowling of Steve Appleyard (2-14 off 12 overs).
Opener Richard Cocks (46) held the innings together as half the side were dismissed by the time 50 had been reached, including Jonathan O’Shea Pilkington (17). Belton then provided some middle order resistance with some lusty blows from from Alan Ward (18) and Micky Coulson (26).
A feature of the latter part of the innings was the aggressive running between the wickets of Cocks and Coulson as they defied their advancing ages, enabling a par score of 146, for the loss of nine wickets, to be achieved.
Belton’s early bowling was rather indisciplined and at times the fielding sloppy, which allowed Boston to get off to a flyer with the opening pair of David Gilding (42) and Tom Appleyard (37) chalking up 90 for the first wicket.
Then Boston were halted in their tracks by the experience of Coulson (4-34) and Andy Sheardown (2-27) as they turned the game and triggered a dramatic collapse, reducing Boston to 115-6. At this point they had completed their allotted overs, which relieved some of the pressure as Moore (13no) and Sam Gilding (20no) steered Boston home with four wickets in hand.