Plenty to Cheer as Boston CC close the gap on leaders Bracebridge Heath

Jonathan Cheer.
Jonathan Cheer.

BOSTON Firsts claimed a stunning eight-wicket victory to close the gap on league leaders Bracebridge Heath – thanks to a demolition job by the Cheer brothers.

Elder brother Colin set the tone, claiming five wickets as second-placed Boston bowled the Lincs ECB Premier table-toppers out for 182.

However, the hosts still had plenty of work to do, their task made a lot easier by sibling Jonathan smashing 128 not out to help Boston reach their winning target in the 44th over.

Colin Cheer’s spell with the ball saw him his five victims off 15.3 overs, which included two maidens.

Openers Jason Scheepers (27) and Vikram Atri (22) both succumbed to his deliveries, before Karanjit Bansal (14) was also dismissed.

Catches from wicketkeeper Matthew Ward and Tim Bell assisted Cheer as George Neal (one) and Matthew Bradley (six) also fell.

Ward claimed another catch as Tom Baxter dismissed Brett Houston for a duck, one of his two wickets.

Bell also claimed two dismissals, one a catch from Scott Elleray, and captain Paul Timby added one, Colin Cheer catching Ashley Schultz’s drive.

With Bracebridge all out in less than 50 overs, Boston’s confidence was rising.

In the build-up to the clash, Timby had pointed to a Sunday league match two weeks earlier, where Jonathan Cheer hit 168 not out against a Bracebridge side.

He claimed this was a message of intent.

And that it was as the younger Cheer again did the business, his knock of 128 including 18 fours and a six.

Fellow opener Matt Ward struck 13 before he was caught by Houston off Matthew Bradley and Josh Newton chipped in with 17.

He was caught by Oliver Clawson off Bansal.

But up stepped Matthew Poole, who added 15 not out to help the Mayflower men to a superb victory, closing the gap at the top of the table to 40 points.