That’s the spirit! Tom Baxter says togetherness can help Boston Cricket Club beat the drop

Scott Elleray celebrates taking a wicket on Saturday.
Scott Elleray celebrates taking a wicket on Saturday.

BOSTON Cricket Club believe team spirit can pull them out of the Lincs ECB Premier relegation zone.

“What can I say, the effort that the lads have put in has been fantastic,” said captain Tom Baxter after his side’s abandoned clash with Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

Spa were trailing by 18 runs with four overs remaining in a tense fixture.

But after losing player-coach Paul Timby to Skegness and overseas player Dan Hegarty to Woodhall in recent weeks, Baxter says the Mayflower men have become more determined to secure safety in the county’s top flight.

“Since the departures, we have all pulled together and are all fighting for the same cause, keeping Boston Cricket Club in this league,” he added.

“We are struggling with the bat, but you go through patches of bad form.

“One thing that I have been pleased about is the effort we have put in in the field.

“It is something I believe is massively important, but even more so because of the struggle with the bat.

“If you save 20 in the field, it is 20 less you have to get with the bat.”

However, Baxter has now targeted a hat-trick of victories to secure the club’s status in the Premier Division.

“With six games left, we will probably need three wins to survive,” he added.

“This will be our target, a target I believe is within our reach.”

And once again, the captain was full of praise for batsman Jonny Cheer, who is hitting top form at the right time.

He continued: “Jonny was fantastic again. To score 75 per cent of the runs is phenomenal.

“He passed the 600-run mark on Saturday and who knows what he will end on?”

And with brother Colin taking three wickets at the weekend, there was also a pat on the back for him.

“Colin bowled really well again on Saturday,” Baxter said.

“Over the past seven or eight weeks, Colin has bowled a lot of overs and been very important to the side.

“He will be the first to admit that at the start of the season, he was struggling with his fitness, but Colin has worked hard and is probably fitter than he’s ever been now.”