Boston CC top the table after six-wicket success

Scott Elleray.
Scott Elleray.

Boston Cricket Club are sitting on top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division - after stretching their winning start to the campaign to four matches.

After restricting Sleaford Seconds to 144-8 at the Mayflower on Saturday, the hosts earned a six-wicket success by reaching their target of 148-4 with more than 11 overs to spare.

Ben Vella.

Ben Vella.

After winning the toss, Boston captain Tom Baxter had no hesitation in bowling first on a track that had more grass covering than the usual Mayflower wicket.

Boston welcomed back Saihan Azim from injury and Elliott Pogson made his first Saturday appearance for nearly two years.

Sleaford raced to 25-0 with some good and some lucky shots, but Boston really tightened up after that start, making runs hard to come by.

The introduction of Baxter and Ben Vella into the attack saw the run rate slow as their first six overs between them saw just three runs scored.

Boston’s first wicket came in the 22nd over as Vella trapped Phil Sneath LBW for 14, before adding his second - Simon Godby caught by Dave Newman for 40.

Baxter’s 12 overs didn’t bring a wicket, but he only conceded 18 runs in a very economic spell.

The re-introduction of Scott Elleray and Sam Elliott saw Boston pick up six wickets in the final seven overs of the innings.

Elleray took four of those wickets, one aided by a Matthew Hood catch, while an Elliott dismissal brought the end of Ben Bulmer and Baxter ran out David Harrop.

With the bat, Hood and Newman set about getting Boston off to a good start.

Another 30-run partnership steadied Boston at the start before Newman was undone by Conor Harbron for 19.

An injured Ryan Croom joined Hood at the crease and the pair put on 64 as they started to take the game away from Sleaford.

A crazy two overs either side of drinks saw the game change as Hood (25), Croom (47) and Azim (0) were dismissed, Boston going from 95-1 to 99-4.

Vella was dropped on three but a very organised innings saw him finish on an unbeaten 37, while Baxter chipped in with 13 not out as the Mayflower men claimed victory.

The Taylors Garages Man of the Match was awarded to Ben Vella.