CRICKET: Belton Park defeated by league leaders

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South Lincs and Border League

Premier Division

Boston 184

Belton Park 102

On a hot day in front of Belton House, high-flying Boston completed the double over Belton to cement their position at the top of the table, whilst the outstanding bowling of 17- year-old Tom Ward, and results elsewhere, ensured that Belton remained comfortably in mid-table.

Put into bat, Boston’s normally free-scoring openers were quickly back in the hutch as Tom Ward (6-59) tore into the early order, and was ably supported by the teenagers Max Hubbard (1- 10) and Matt Law (1-17), as well as excellent catching and outfield cricket.

With Boston reeling at 77-5, skipper Tom Baxter (38) organised the Boston reply and found support in the unorthodox hitting of Scott Ellery (37).

Belton’s youngsters wilted a little in the heat and conceded 47 extras as Boston set a challenging 184.

A steady start against the Premier Division’s best bowling attack was soon undone as Dan Reynolds (8), Law and Jake Pollard (21), and a pugnacious Rohan Perera (15), were undone by the pace and seam of Andy Hewitt (2-26) and combative Ellery (2-27).

Struggling at 47-4, the introduction of ex-Lincs spinner Baxter (4-8) and Australian swing bowler Bruce Vella (2-40) meant that Belton were never able to re-build, despite a swashbuckling knock from Ward (14) and rearguard by his father, Alan, who remained undefeated on 11.

Next week Belton Park’s first team are away to a resurgent Woodhall Spa, while the second team entertain Boston’s thirds.