BOSTON Cricket Club’s bowlers have Hartsholme batsman Warren Nel in their sights.
Mayflower captain Paul Timby has revealed that it is his side’s battle plan to target last season’s top batsman when the two opponents meet at Ashby Avenue in the Lincs ECB Premier League on Saturday.
“Warren has been at the top of the Premier League batting averages for the past three seasons - so he’s obviously somebody we want to get out early,” Timby told The Standard.
“We’ve got plans for him.”
Boston will probably be looking to utilise the same strategy they have taken to Nel in previous years.
The Mayflower men earned a five-wicket victory over Hartsholme in May, with Scott Elleray trapping him lbw for a duck.
Elleray was also Nel’s tormentor the previous time he faced Boston, again dismissing him for a duck at the end of the 2010 season, when Nel was representing Nettleham.
Boston, currently second in the county’s top flight, sit seven places above Hartsholme, despite just 32 points separating the two sides.
“Hartsholme came up to the Premier League at the same time as us,” Timby added.
“They finished bottom last season and seem to have taken a little longer to adapt then we have, but they are putting together a run of consistent performances right now.
“Their results are not always fantastic, but they are always a danger.
“If teams underestimate Hartsholme they’ll get caught out.”
For the first time this season, all the matches in the Premier League fell foul of the weather on Saturday.
Boston were left frustrated that they could not exact revenge on Deeping, who had edged a narrow victory over the Mayflower men earlier in the season.
However, Timby admitted that - with the league places so tight - it was a saving grace that no matches went ahead, meaning Boston did not lose second spot.
Boston’s Second and Third XI’s were also without a game, while the Sunday Second’s saw their contest against Bracebridge Heath Seconds abandoned.
Boston had finished their innings on 300-5.
So spare a thought for Jonathan Cheer, whose innings of 168 not out counts for nothing.
The same goes for Ricky Drury, who recorded 55 before the game was wiped out.
However, Timby is again looking at the positives ahead of Boston Firsts facing Premier League leaders Bracebridge a week on Saturday.
He continued: “It’s unfortunate for Jonathan, but we’ve still given Bracebridge something to think about.
“Their overseas bowler (Ashley Schultz) was playing in that match and we took 80 runs from him from his 10 overs.
“Jonathan was hitting his deliveries to all areas of the ground. It puts us in a good position before we face them.”