The Sparke is gone, but Firsts are safe

Liam Sparke.
Liam Sparke.

Lincs ECB Premier

Louth v Boston 1sts - match abandoned.

Boston Cricket Club marked their return to the county’s top flight with a ninth-place finish in the Lincs ECB Premier.

The Mayflower men’s final match of the campaign, away at Louth, never got going due to the weather conditions.

With the rain falling all morning on Saturday, Boston still had to make the trip to Louth before the contest was called off.

“There was never any chance of cricket on Saturday and I’m surprised it took until 12 to realise this was going to be the case,” captain Tom Baxter said.

It has been a frustrating end to the season with Boston seeing an away match at Nettleham called off at the halfway stage before only managing to bat for 11 overs at home to Market Deeping, and then this week’s washout.

“I suppose it’s one of those things,” Baxter added.

“The weather is something you will never beat.

“We’ve had six games abandoned this year and I haven’t had that many for many years.”

Boston’s pre-season aim was safety and maintaining their place in the Premier, something they achieved with matches to spare.

Their returning season has seen some very entertaining games of cricket that have been very tight finishes.

The club have said goodbye to Liam Sparke, who flew back to Australia yesterday in preparation for his season with Georges River Cricket Club, who have close ties with Boston.

“Sparkey has been a great asset to the club and has continued to work hard on his game,” Baxter added.

“He always wants to hit balls in the nets and has been a pleasure to have around the club.”

Sparke has scored three half centuries for Boston Firsts this year.

The Seconds’ weekend fixture at home to struggling Long Sutton was also a washout, seeing them finish their campaign fourth in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

Although the Saturday Firsts and Seconds have finished for 2016, the weekend draws the other sides’ seasons to an end.

The Third XI host Claypole in a top-of-the -able clash in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two.

Boston’s Sunday Firsts host Lindum in the club’s final competitive fixture of the 2016 season.