Morley and Poole help Seconds to a 10-wicket success

Michael Troops.
Michael Troops.

Chris Morley and Tom Poole struck half centuries as Boston CC Seconds earned a 10-wicket victory over a youthful Lindum Thirds on Saturday.

The result sees Luke Gilding’s side continue their winning streak in the SLBL Division One.

Boston began with the ball as the in-form pairing of Tim Bell and Michael Troops tried to make inroads.

With the Boston bowlers frustrating the opposition batmsen with some good tight lines, wickets eventually came with Troops picking up one and Tim Bell two in their opening spells.

Lindum’s Aiden Lockwood and Nick Kimber amassed a partnership of more than 50 runs, but Poole removed Lockwood one run short of his 50.

Boston exploited this opening with a wicket apiece from Damian Lawson and Gilding before returning to the seniority of Troops and Bell.

With Lindum reeling, Bell andTroops returned to the fray, but the hosts dug in to end their 45 overs on 143-8.

“I felt we bowled well considering we only went in the game with three recognised bowlers,” Gilding said.

“To restrict them to under 150 was credit to everyone who had the ball in their hands.”

After tea, Boston opened with Morley and Poole, both focused on getting their heads down and reaching the target.

Morley took it upon himself to be the more aggressive of the two batsmen and reached his half century with relative ease.

He was quickly followed by Poole, who batted more as the coaching manual suggests and was more aesthectically pleasing.

Morley (69) and Poole (64) continued their fantastic partnership through to the end, where they helped Boston to a matchwinning 148-0.

Boston Thirds claimed a victory at Claypole in the SLBL Division Two,

Wickets from Dan Fox (five) and Daniel Lumley (two), plus run-outs for Rowan Evans and Kevin Manning, saw Claypole dismissed for 87.

Boston posted 88-6 thanks to Manning (32 not out) and Evans (10).

In the Lincoln and District Sunday League Premier, Boston Sunday Firsts (134) were beaten at Woodhall Spa (135-2).

Division Two saw the Sunday Seconds (140-4) beat Reepham (114).