BASTON’s season finally got underway on Saturday as they welcomed Boston’s 2nd XI to the Shrine.
After winning the toss, Boston put Baston in to bat on a damp track but the hosts made what looked like a solid start despite losing Howard for eight.
Their experienced duo of Ant Morris and John Lamin took the score on with Morris blasting a six into the treeline. But with the score on 29-1, Lamin (3) called Morris through for a single. he partner didn’t move and ran out his teammate.
Morris (19) didn’t last much longer and was caught at mid-on.
Wicketkeeper Chris Bower batted well, along with Liam Davies as they started to bat towards a defendable score, and at 85-4 captain Tim Dyer was talking about a possible 140-150 total.
Spinner Paul Deans bowled well and took a wicket in his final over with Bower (17) edging behind to the keeper giving Deans 3-20 off his 12 overs.
This also coincided with the return of seamer Haffi Mazhar who then ripped the Baston tail apart finishing with an impressive 5-12. Baston managed just 4 runs for 6 wickets as they slumped to 89 all out, with Liam Davies top-scoring with 29.
Boston started their innings confidentally but lost opener Peter Moore early on as Bower stumped him with a good reflex throw off Davies’s bowling.
Davies then dismissed the other opener, Gareth Epton with a sharp return catch to leave Boston on 18-2.
Doug Russell bowled a beautiful spell from the Rebound Wall end and was unlucky to not find the edge on several occasions as his eight overs went for just six runs.
Boston seemed to be going well before a quick brace of wickets from Dyer, who had Luke Gilding (21) caught in the deep before claiming Sam Deptford first ball with a deceptive slower delivery.
But Baston couldn’t hold onto catches after that, and were poor in the field as Paul Tetther (28*) and young wicket keeper Matthew Hood (26*) saw Boston over the line.
Dyer said “It was a disappointing match to open the campaign with, and we need to improve in all departments. Despite the low total, we could have won but for poor fielding, as another wicket would have exposed the Boston tail”
Baston visit Billingborough 2nds tomorrow.
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