Vella hits 127 as Boston CC return to winning ways

Ben Vella.
Ben Vella.

Ben Vella struck 127 runs as Boston Cricket Club’s Firsts returned to winning ways at struggling Moulton Harrox.

In this top-versus-bottom encounter, the Mayflower men earned a 223-run victory and sit 11 points clear at the top of the South Lincsa nd Border League Premier Division.

Boston welcomed back Scott Elleray, Kieran Elliott and Sahan Azim to the fold, keen to avenge their first defeat of the week at Billingborough seven days earlier.

When the coin fell in favour of Boston again, captain Tom Baxter had no hesitation in batting on what looked a fantastic track.

Matthew Hood and Dave Newman opened the innings again and runs came easily on the good deck and fast outfield.

The score raced along but the introduction of Maxwell Cusack saw the downfall of Hood as he was clean bowled for 31 as Boston sat pretty on 85-1.

Newman soon followed when he was trapped LBW for 45 off the bowling of Alin Carter.

With Boston’s two Australian’s now at the crease, the score continued to race along and Boston looked set for a big score.

Ryan Croom was the next wicket to fall, trapped LBW for 29 as Boston progressed to 165-3.

Baxter joined Vella at the crease and run rate increased as Vella found the boundaries easy to come by and Baxter tried to get Vella on strike at every opportunity.

“He batted really well,” Baxter said.

“He showed patience and waited for the bad balls. He got quite a few and made them pay.”

Vella hit one into the famous Moulton tree, and as the ball got stuck, Vella and Baxter had to run a six before the spare ball could be brought on.

Vella reached to his century with another boundary and upped his scoring rate as he went on to make 127 runs from 79 balls including 16 boundaries and six sixes.

With the score on 293-4, Azim joined Baxter with eight overs to go.

Baxter was dismissed for 45 and Azim for 26 as Boston edged over 300 and towards 350.

Boston finally ended their 45 overs on 351-7, their biggest total of the season.

After the tea interval, things couldn’t have started any better for Boston as they picked up the wicket of Karl Hibbert first ball as Elleray trapped him LBW.

An 80-run partnership frustrated Boston and the runs came quickly but chances came and went as Boston put down four half chances during the partnership.

Elliott dismissed Matt Barnett after a smart catch from Baxter, only to realise that it was a no-ball and Barnett got a reprieve.

Barnett passed 50 but the introduction of Baxter tightened the runs and brought the wickets of Joseph Broomfield (20) and Barnett (60).

With Vella finding his rhythm and Baxter continuing to build pressure, Moulton fell into a hole from 84-1 to 104-7.

With the introduction of Newman into the attack, he picked up a wicket before Baxter completed his five-wicket haul.

The final wicket went to Newman when Baxter took a smart catch at gully.

Moulton were finally dismissed for 129 in the 44th over.

It was another 20 points to keep Boston at the top of the table.

Baxter led the bowling display, ending with 5-7 from his 12 overs, a spell that included 10 maidens.

Vella was named man of the match for his 127 from 79 balls.