Sam’s the man as he claims a fine seven-wicket haul

Sam Elliott.
Sam Elliott.

Sam Elliott claimed seven wickets for the loss of 19 runs as Boston Cricket Club Firsts defeated Moulton Harrox.

The hosts skittled their opponents for just 66 runs in this South Lincs and Border League Premier Division contest.

Ben Vella.

Ben Vella.

Kieran Evans (29) and Dave Newman (36) then guided Boston to a 10-wicket victory which sees them sit 60 points clear at the top of the table, even if their closest rivals both have a contest in hand.

Moulton won the toss and elected to bat, with Elliott and Haffi Mazhar given the new ball.

Two Elliott wickets saw Moulton sitting at 3-2 and people could have been forgiven for expecting a quick finish.

Elliott and Mazhar continued to ask questions and beat the bat regularly.

Two more catches in the slip cordon saw Elliott pick up his third and fourth wickets as Moulton were on 44-4.

Elliott then removed Adam Cornwell to pick up his first five-wicket haul for Boston, but Elliott was not finished there and claimed two further victims.

The introduction of Ben Vella saw him remove opening batsman Tom Wilson for a very well compiled 40 from 71 balls.

Elliott ended his 12 overs with figures of 7-19, a career best.

Andy Hewitt and Vella picked up the final two wickets and Moulton’s innings were all over within 26 overs.

“They weren’t very good but you can’t take anything away from our four bowlers,” captain Tom Baxter said.

“They put the ball in the right areas and did the job they needed to.

“Sam bowled really well and got the luck that he hasn’t had for most of the year.

“He has bowled really well for us this year and not got the wickets he has deserved.”

With Boston needing 67 to win, it was a case of when, not if victory would arrive for the Mayflower men.

Evans and Newman tucked into some below-par bowling to pass the target in the eighh over.

“As soon as we bowled them out for 66, I expected a 10-wicket victory,” Baxter added.

“They are bottom for a reason.

“They have lost a lot of players and the young lads are trying their best.

“We should be beating sides like this and put in a very professional performance.”

The man of the match award was given to Sam Elliott for his wonderful seven wickets for the loss of 19 runs from his 12 overs.

Boston’s 20-point victory, accompanied by Sleaford Seconds’ 19 points and Woodhall Spa Seconds’ loss to Lindum leaves Boston needing a maximum of 21 points from their three remaining games.