Robbo plays it safe while the bowlers give Ell in Boston CC Firsts’ victory

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Paul Roberts and Scott Elleray stole the show as Boston Cricket Club Firsts beat Sleaford Seconds.

Batsman Roberts top-scored with 58 and Elleray claimed five wickets during Saturday’s 70-run success.

The result sees Boston remain top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, even if Grantham managed to cut their lead by a point.

The Mayflower men were put into bat and - with Kieran Evans unavailable - captain Tom Baxter decided to take on the opening role with the in-form Matthew Hood.

Baxter was dismissed for four after a smart catch from the Sleaford wicketkeeper, but Roberts and Hood steadied the ship as Boston passed 50.

Hood (27) and Saihan Azim (zero) were then dismissed within three balls, and when Luke Gilding fell, Boston were on 62-4.

Matthew Poole was also soon back in the pavilion at 76-5 before Tim Bell followed with the next delivery, leaving Boston in a very problematic position at 76-6.

Peter Mitchell and Roberts started to re-build the innings and edged the score past 100, giving Boston their first batting point.

It was those two who also saw Boston past 125, their second batting point, before Mitchell (24) fell to Jacob Smith.

Boston edged their way to 145 all out in the last over with Paul Roberts ending the innings 58 not out.

“It was a great knock from Robbo. It was different to what we are used to,” Baxter said.

“He usually takes the attack to the bowlers but he read the situation well and realised it was crucial that he got stuck in today.”

With 145 on the board, it meant that Boston could now only pick up a maximum of 17 points from the match.

After the break, Boston knew early wickets would be key. With the new-ball attack of Elleray and Haffi Mazhar re-united, the ball beat the bat on several occasions.

Six maidens from the first 11 overs, saw Boston restrict Sleaford to 9-3.

Boston continued from there with Andrew Wilson and Ben Bulmer falling in consecutive overs, leaving Sleaford on 17-5 from a fantastic 15-over opening spell from Elleray and Mazhar.

The pair had five wickets between them and then the spinners were introduced.

Baxter picked up from from last week and kept things tight before dismissing Jacob Smith after dragging him into one big shot too many.

Baxter dismissed David Harrop when he trapped him front of the stumps before Elleray bowled Ashley Jarivs.

At 69-8, Baxter trapped Ben Wooster LBW before Elleray ended the game, bowling Colyn for 39 and ending Sleaford’s misery.

Elleray earned the very impressive figures of 5-12 off his 11 overs.

He was ably supported by Mazhar’s 2-14 from seven overs and Baxter’s 3-17 off nine.

The Westwood Lakes Man of the Match was awarded to Elleray for a fantastic display of bowling.