Poole hits 50 but Firsts fall short

Tom Poole.
Tom Poole.

Coming off the back of a winning draw against Grimsby last week, Boston Firsts made the trip to Lincoln to face an in-form and confident Lindum side.

Boston made three changes to their side with Kieran Evans, Paul Tetther and Tom Poole replacing Jonny Cheer, Michael Musson and Luke Gilding.

Lindum won the toss and opted to bowl first.

The opening pair of Evans and Poole set about getting Boston off to a good start and nullified the threat of the new ball.

It wasn’t until Joe Peatman dismissed Evans with the score at 43 that Boston looked like losing a wicket.

Ryan Croom came to the crease and joined Poole.

Another partnership was built and Poole passed 50 for his first First XI half century.

“Pooley batted really well today. He didn’t get many bad balls so he had to work hard with the bat,” captain Tom Baxter said.

The score of 110-1 was soon 121-5 after the dismissals of Croom, Poole, Liam Sparke and Saihan Azim.

Two wickets each for Jake Benson and Matthew Rutherford in that spell put Lindum firmly in control of the innings.

“We had a good base at 110-1 and with nine wickets in hand would have been looking to post 200+,” added Baxter.

“However, five overs later and 121-5 made 150 look a more reasonable target.”

Matt Poole joined captain Baxter at the crease and a steady 25 run partnership started to build again for Boston.

Poole was dismissed by Rutherford for 14.

Twenty runs from Baxter and Tetther edged Boston towards 175 (a third batting point) before Baxter and Tetther were dismissed in consecutive balls to give Rutherford a five-wicket haul.

At 167-7, Scott Elleray’s calm head saw Boston to 175 before Riley Orr was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the innings.

“(The score of) 175 gave us a small chance of getting a result.

“However, the position we were in, we should have been posting 200.

“Nine wickets left with 20 overs to go should see you post a really competitive score.”

With Boston posting 175, Lindum would have been confident of chasing that and Boston knew early wickets were key.

After the tea interval, Lindum openers William Wright and Charles Tomlinson set about getting the ball rolling for another victory.

Elleray found the edge of Tomlinson’s bat and Tim Bell dismissed Bradley Mitchell and Lindum were 61-2.

Bell then removed Wright and Luke Robinson, both LBW, to leave Lindum on 110-4, requiring 66 runs to win with six wickets remaining.

“We bowled bad balls and were a bit flat at the start,” Baxter continued.

“They found it quite easy and looked like chasing it down comfortably.”

Boston raised their game with the ball and the re-introduction of Elleray, to partner Baxter, saw Boston pick up wickets at regular intervals.

Baxter dismissed Geoff Middleton after Evans juggled a tough chance at slip before Tom Lindsay fell to Elleray after a smart catch from Azim.

With Lindum 142-6, Boston could sense another tight finish and possibly another victory.

James Kimber fell four runs later after Elleray found the edge of his bat from a short ball.

When Baxter dismissed Bishop for 20, Lindum required 12 with two wickets remaining.

Two big appeals were not enough to gain a decision in their favour and Lindum sneaked home in the 49th over.

“I would say we bowled well,” added Baxter.

“We’ve spoken about getting 200 on the board and then trying to defend that by picking up wickets and the pressure of dot balls.

“If we had 200 on the board today, we’d have won that game.

“We lost four wickets for nine runs, something they didn’t do.”

The wickets were shared around between Elleray (three), Bell (three) and Baxter (two).

Bell’s figures of 3-37 from 11 were the most impressive of the trio.

Boston’s man of the match was awarded to Tom Poole for his maiden First XI half-century and top wicket-keeping performance.

Boston picked up six points from the day and now sit joint bottom of the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League with Louth on 42 points.