An excellent spell of bowling from veteran seam bowler Terry Wilkinson helped Burgh & District secure their tenth League win of the season on Saturday.
The Millers defeat Boston Third XI by eight wickets to maintain their fifth position in the Readers South Lincs & Borders League Second Division.
Wilkinson took three wickets for the loss of just 13 runs in his 12 overs.
It was a low-scoring match heavily influenced by the dead bounce of the Rosebury Avenue pitch and that all but one of the twelve wickets to fall were either bowled or LBW tells a large part of the afternoon’s story.
With their pre-match pitch inspection speaking volumes, Burgh were more than content with skipper Richard Underwood’s decision, having won the toss, to invite Boston to bat first.
The home side were soon in trouble, and approaching mid-innings were precariously poised at 46 for six, Wilkinson’s three wickets matched by three for off-spinner Underwood (3 for 33). The prognosis was not encouraging and so it would prove.
Thus far, only opener Porter (14) had reached double figures and only one more batsman, Oliver Thurlby (13), would do so as Boston’s tail refused to buckle entirely and fought on for a few more precious runs.
The innings finally ground to a halt with the last ball of the thirty-fifth over, Phil Sharp (three for 10) bowling Brooks to leave Boston all out for 75.
On paper, with more than 50 overs at their disposal, Burgh’s task was straightforward but indiscreet shots would gift Boston two early wickets and a morsel of encouragement.
However, an unbroken stand of 56 between Pete Blackmore (16 not out) and Nigel Underwood (30 not out) for the third wicket would slowly evaporate any lingering home hopes of success.
Underwood, in one of his more productive appearances at the crease, delighted with a number of fine strokes as the Millers cruised home in the twenty-third over.