Record’s still intact


SLBL Premier

Boston 2nds 199, Sleaford 2nds 151 - Boston won by 48 runs.

Boston CC’s Second XI beat Sleaford’s Seconds at the Mayflower to keep their 100 per cent record intact.

Skipper Luke Gilding elected to bat but Boston did not get off to the start they had hoped for as Chris Morley and Ben Troops were both dismissed in the opening over.

The partnership between wicketkeeper Matthew Hood and ex-Sleaford star Paul Roberts turned things around.

When Roberts played one shot too many it brought Damian Lawson to the crease.

He and Hood started to put together a very defendable score before Hood was removed four runs short of his first half century of the season.

Lawson remained unbeaten on 48 not out, allowing swashbuckling cameos from Charlie Roberts (18) and Rowan Evans (31).

Boston ended the innings on 199-7, falling just one run short of the total required to achieve maximum batting points.

After tea Sleaford got off to a flying start with opening bowler Micky Troops being unusually wayward.

Sleaford’s assault was halted in it tracks by Andrew Hewitt, who dismissed both openers in a devastating spell of swing bowling.

Boston spinners Paul Deans and Paul Roberts settled in to a long day with the ball.

Both found success very early in to their spells, picking up a couple of wickets apiece.

Deans ended up with figures of 12 overs, two wickets for the loss of only 30 runs and Roberts completed his five-wicket haul in a display of how to bowl effective spin in the second innings of a game.

When Lawson picked up a tail end wicket, the game was won by 48 runs with Sleaford being bowled all out for 151 and Boston achieving 19 points for their victory.

For his counter attacking batting and devastating bowling,Paul Roberts earn the man of the match trophy for the second week running.