Tom Baxter backs Boston Cricket Club to beat the drop

Baxter is backing Colin Cheer and his fellow teammates to help Boston to safety.
Baxter is backing Colin Cheer and his fellow teammates to help Boston to safety.

TOM Baxter says he is the right man to lead Boston Cricket Club to safety.

The skipper’s first season as captain of the First XI has not had the greatest of starts, with the Mayflower men yet to record a victory from their opening nine fixtures.

And following Saturday’s eight-wicket defeat at Sleaford, Boston now find themselves bottom of the Lincs ECB Premier.

But battling Baxter believes his side will come good.

“It’s hard being captain of a team that hasn’t won yet,” he told The Standard.

“However, captaincy is something I believe I can do well.

“Yes, on Saturday nights you think and think about the game just gone, but the captaincy is something I have relished.”

On Saturday, the Firsts struggled with the bat.

Colin Cheer, batting at number eight, top-scored with 27 not out as Boston posted 116 runs from their 50 overs.

But Baxter knows belief remains in the camp.

He continued: “We still strongly believe that we are good enough to survive in this league.

“Winning is a momentum, but so is losing.

“Currently, we are losing.

“But who knows, a couple of wins and the winning momentum could return.”

But that momentum needs to be kick-started by all 11 players doing the business on the field.

“I’m not one to rant and rave in the changing room,” Baxter added.

“All of the side know they are not performing to somewhere where we want to be.

“We need to look at our individual games and see where we are going wrong first. If we can sort that, then that will have a major affect on the team.”

Boston are determined to chalk up their first victory before the half-way stage of the season.

That means registering a win over Bourne or Grimsby Town in their next two matches.

For Saturday’s match at Bourne, the Mayflower men will welcome the return of all-rounder Paul Timby, who was unavailable for the past two weeks.

“We are two games away from the halfway stage,” Baxter added.

“We travel to Bourne and then host Grimsby in the last game of the first half of the season.

“We need a win before half way, and if that is next week, then maybe we can nick two and start climbing this table.

“I still believe that we will not be in the bottom two come September, but we do need to start putting results on the board.”