Boston CC look to extend their advantage over Bourne

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

Boston CC Firsts will be looking to claim some important Lincs ECB Premier points at Bourne on Saturday.

Dave Newman will return to the side for the trip to rivals, both in locality and league position.

Boston will be looking to pick up a victory in this game to move themselves further ahead of Bourne, who are currently sat seven points behind them.

In the home fixture, Boston were skittled out for 64 but Baxter believes his side have come a long way since then.

He said: “That was our worst batting performance.

“Bourne bowled well but you shouldn’t be getting bowled out so cheaply by anyone.

“We’ve really improved, not just on the field, but mentally too.

“At the start of the season, we were probably still in South Lincs and Border mode where the runs had flowed and the bowling been sub-standard.”

Since that day, Boston have only lost two games and at times, have had to dig in and fight hard.

Boston will be hoping to get back to winning ways to continue to pull away from the two relegation places.

“The aim for our first season was obviously, to avoid relegation and consolidate ourselves in the league.

“So far, 13 weeks into the season, we have done that, but it is important that we continue.

“A run of games, either positive or negative, can have a huge impact on where you sit in the league table.”

Boston Cricket Club won the Albion Cup on Wednesday, beating Lindum by three wickets.

Lindum reached 137-7 in their allotted 18 overs, with William Wright’s 56 the top score.

However, Riley Orr (3-20), Scott Elleray (2-29), Tim Bell (1-23) and a run out from Luke Gilding ate away at the Lindum batting order.

With the bat, openers Jonny Cheer (37) and Dave Newman (17) started the innings off well before Ryan Croom (47), Liam Sparke (18) and Scott Elleray (10) added to the total with notable knocks as Boston claimed victory in the final over.

Things didn’t go Boston’s way on Saturday when they travelled to defending champions Bracebridge Heath, however.

For the whole 50-minute journey, the rain poured down and continued to on the way home.

Both of those journeys were separated by a brief 10-minute spell undercover in the changing rooms as the umpires decided that the pitch was too wet and would not be fit to play.

“It’s one of those things,” said captain Tom Baxter.

“It stopped raining around 1pm, but there was so much water sat on the square that we knew there would be no play on Saturday afternoon.”