Skegness are edged out in close contest

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Boston (20 points) beat Skegness (nine points) by 17 runs

ANOTHER close match, but this time Skegness missed out, falling to local rivals Boston by just 17 runs.

The seasiders were set a target of 218 and they had five extra overs in which to get the runs after wrapping up the home side’s innings in the 45th.

But this ultimately worked against them, and they paid the price for allowing the Boston tail to wag and gifting them 25 wides.

Wade McCall got the seasiders off to a flyer with the wicket of the dangerous Jonathan Cheer and then Steve Kirkham sent Matthew Ward back to the pavilion soon afterwards, having him caught behind.

Josh Newton hit 44 from 48 balls as Boston recovered their position, but it was the innings of Elliot Wilson (42 not out) that proved crucial.

Ricky Drury, Luke Gilding, Scott Elleray and Colin Cheer all hit double figures as the home side stretched their innings beyond 200.

In reply, after suffering the early set back of Norman Brackley’s dismissal, who was adjudged to have been caught behind off Elliot Wilson, Skegness recovered with the partnership of Pete Houghton and Jamie Epton.

When Boston skipper caught Houghton off the bowling of Scott Elleray, the in-form Carl Wilson joined Epton at the crease and immediately got into his stride.

He scored 29 off 35 balls before a superb diving catch in the slips by Jonathan Cheer sent him packing.

Epton joined him shortly afterwards thanks to an unfortunate run out.

When Wade McCall became the first victim of left arm spinner Tom Baxter, Skegness appeared to be in trouble, perhaps ruing the fact that Boston’s bowlers have five extra overs in which to get them out.

They succeeded with just seven balls remaining when Elliot Wilson had Martin Jackson caught without scoring.

It was Skegness’s third defeat of the season, which leaves them in seventh place in the table. The win lifted Boston to fourth.

On Saturday, Skegness are at home to Woodhall Spa, who beat bottom side Nettleham by four wickets at the weekend.

Boston

J Cheer lbw McCall 4

M Ward c C Wilson b Kirkham 15

J Newton b Epton 44

P Timby c Santini b Christian 14

T Baxter b Kirkham 8

T Norris c McCall b Chamberlain 4

E Wilson not out 42

R Drury c C Wilson b Chamberlain 11

L Gilding c Butler b Kirkham 13

S Elleray c Houghton b Santini 12

C Cheer b Epton 19

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Total (all out) 218

Bowling: W McCall 8-1-36-1, S Kirkham 12-1-55-3, L Christian 7-0-42-1, J Epton 5.2-0-17-2, S Chamberlain 8-0-45-2, A Santini 4-0-17-1.

Skegness

N Brackley c Ward b E Wilson 4

P Houghton c Timby b Elleray 47

J Epton run out C Cheer 22

C Wilson c J Cheer b C Cheer 29

W McCall c Ward b Baxter 9

P Butler c Ward b Baxter 40

L Christian c J Cheer b Baxter 10

A Santini c E Wilson b C Cheer 2

S Chamberlain c Norris b Baxter 27

M Jackson c Baxter b E Wilson 0

S Kirkham not out 0

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Total (all out) 201

Bowling: C Cheer 17-2-73-2, E Wilson 13.5-2-47-2, S Elleray 6-2-30-1, T Baxter 17-3-50-4.