Thumbs up for bowlers and batsmen

Ben Vella.
Ben Vella.

Tom Baxter was full of praise for the returning Ben Vella.

The Australian, in his first season at the Mayflower, returned to the First XI line-up on Saturday following a four-week absence as he travelled through Europe.

However, there was no rust as he claimed four victims for the loss of 34 runs as Boston beat Billingborough by 10 wickets.

“It was great to have Ben back in the side,” sidelined skipper Baxter said.

“We’ve picked up three wins without him but he gives us something different and is a top cricketer to have in our side.”

But Vella wasn’t the only bowler to receive the plaudits.

With the captain watching on from the sidelines he was pleased to see his team use the ball well.

Andrew Hewitt added three wickets while Scott Elleray and Haffi Mazhar were both miserly as they claimed a wicket apiece as the away side were skittled for 139.

“It was a great bowling display today from the four seamers,” said Baxter.

“They put the ball in the right areas and made it difficult for them to score today.

“Vella and Hewitt picked up seven wickets between them but the opening bowlers set the platform and as a bowling unit, it was a great display.”

And there was also a thumbs up for the batsmen - Kieran Evans and Dave Newman - as Boston reached their winning total swiftly.

Baxter continued: “To chase down 139 in 15 overs showed a real signal of intent, but it was helped by the bowling that was sent down.

“Nothing can be taken away from the pair as they scored easily and punished what was in front of them today.”