“You cannot defend 71!” Batting collapse sees Boston CC Firsts lose top spot

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

Boston Cricket Club Firsts have lost top spot in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, following defeat at Grantham.

The Mayflower men picked up just one point following their shock seven-wicket defeat, now sitting 14 points behind leaders Billingborough.

Boston travelled to Grantham hoping to make it a seventh successive win, but that didn’t happen.

Grantham won the toss and decided to bowl on a pitch that was definitely going to suit the men with the ball.

With Grantham’s three West Indians playing their last game for the club, they were always going to be looking at going out on a high.

Boston’s innings didn’t have the best of starts as both Kieran Evans and Matthew Poole were back in the pavillon within three overs, after both being dismissed by paceman Samuel Peters.

Two more wickets in his fourth over left Boston in trouble at 8-4.

Captain Tom Baxter and Tim Bell tried to steady the ship. Bt with the score was on 33, Bell was dismissed for six when a smart catch by Cleton Payne saw Adam Parker take his first wicket of the game.

Wickets continued to fall regularly and Boston were dismissed for 71, with captain Baxter top scoring with 35.

“It wasn’t part of the plan to be bowled out in 28 overs,” he admitted.

“Credit must go to Grantham’s bowlers who all bowled very well.

“Peters put the ball in the right areas and bowled with good pace and deserved his early four wickets.”

“It could be argued that a couple of decisions went Grantham’s way. I didn’t think we got the rub of the green but that happens.

“It may sound silly, but nobody has scored runs sat on the side. If you occupy the crease, the runs will come.”

After the tea interval, Boston struck early with Scott Elleray trapping Stewart Mudie in front for a duck.

Key batsman Payne entered the fray but Baxter and Elleray made it difficult for him to score runs, a ferocious short ball from Elleray rushed Payne and saw him caught behind for two.

As the game gradually edged away from Boston, Haffi Mazhar picked up a wicket in his first over, but Grantham eased home with seven wickets to spare on 72-3.

“We didn’t bowl too badly. I thought Scotty bowled very well,” Baxter added.

“He put the ball in the right area and made it difficult for the batsmen.

“You cannot be expected to defend 71. The bowlers never really stood a chance after we were bowled out today.”

The Acorn Taxis Man of the Match was awarded to Baxter for his 35 off 76 balls.

Boston will hope to bounce back to winning ways against Skegness Seconds next week.