Will it be third time lucky?

Tom Baxter. ENGEMN00120130209120041
Tom Baxter. ENGEMN00120130209120041

Boston Cricket Club hope that it will be third time lucky in 2015.

The Mayflower men are desperate to return to the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League after falling just short in their past two promotion pushes.

Last year Boston missed out to eventual champions Grantham by five points, but agonisingly just one more run in their home game against the champions would have seen Boston finish top.

“It’s strange looking back at it. I got out with a ball to go and to think one more boundary or one extra single could have seen us promoted,” reflected First XI captain Tom Baxter, who hopes a busy winter period will put his team in prime position for promotion.

“There are new players coming in and nobody leaving.

“In my opinion, that is a good winter on the playing front.

“We have strengthened all three sides with new players and that will add competition for places across the sides.”

One of those to join Boston is Dave Newman, who has agreed to stay at the club after joining from Billingborough late last campaign.

“Dave has scored a lot of runs in this league and he knows what it takes to win it,” Baxter added.

“He wants to succeed personally which is something that can help drag the team forward.

“He will be vice-captain and his work off the field so far has been incredible.”

Boston have also secured the services of Michael Musson, also formerly with Billingborough, while ex-Heckington pair Chris Morley and Sam Elliott have also arrived.

“They have been successful cricketers at those clubs but now, fancy a change,” Baxter added.

“They are fully committed to the cause and they will add competition for places in and around the First XI.”

Boston’s South Lincs and Border League Premier Division campaign starts on April 18 at home to Belton Park.

On March 28 and 29 Boston CC will host their Natwest GroundForce weekend, where members of the club will be expected to help prepare the ground for the upcoming season.

April will see two warm-up matches, at home to Spalding CC and away at Horncastle.

It is expected that Boston Firsts will be hot favourites for the title after going so close last year, but Baxter has expressed that promotion is the least of his worries at this stage of the season.

“All I want from the First XI is that they play the best cricket they can,” captain Baxter continued.

“If we perform to the best of our ability for 22 games then we will there or thereabouts come September.

“If everybody is available, we will be putting out three very strong sides every Saturday.

“The First XI will be the strongest it has been since our relegation in 2012 but that goes for nothing come April 18.”