ASHOK Kumar was once again Freiston, Leake and Leverton’s hero...
Cojo’s East Lindsey Cricket League Division One
Holton-le-Clay 115, Freiston LL 1sts 116-4 - Freiston won by six wickets.
ASHOK Kumar was Holton-le-Clays nemesis once again as his superb five-wicket haul set Freiston on track to do the league double over their rivals.
Freiston, Leake and Leverton won the vital toss and inserted the visitors on a damp wicket.
Anwar Ul Haq gave Freiston the best possible start as he athletically clung onto a return catch to dismiss P. Farmery and had J. Farmery caught by Herbert Ushewokunze.
Ollie Booth had M. Thompson caught behind by Zeeshan Saeed, but a disciplined fourth wicket partnership between George and Hawkins frustrated Freiston.
On a challenging pitch the pair showed good discipline to add 39.
It was the introduction of Kumar that saw the end of the pair as they were both bowled within the space of three balls.
Kumar proceeded to rip through the middle order in superb fashion to claim figures of 5-18.
A 30-run partnership for the ninth wicket also frustrated Freiston, but the partnership was broken when Stewart Kirtley had Thompson stumped for 19, and bowled last man Fisher to finish the innings on 115.
With the bat, Saeed gave Freiston a strong start as he mixed his usual aggression with sensible defensive play to hit 25 before being caught and bowled.
Freiston appeared in control but losing two wickets with the score on 58 put the game back in the balance.
Rob Sexton continued his fine form, and together with Anwar Ul Haq, they saw Freiston home with 10 overs to spare.
Sexton finished on an impressive 25 not out while Ul Haq struck 22 in aggressive fashion.
Freiston’s fourth league victory in a row sees them well inside the top half of the division one table.
On Saturday, Freiston entertain local rivals Graves Park.
Freiston LL 2nds 128-7, Scopwick 129-5 - Scopwick won by five wickets.
FREISTON Seconds took a break from league action to visit Scopwick... where they suffered a five-wicket loss.
Though an enjoyable game played in a good spirit, the result was once again disappointing, as they were well beaten.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Freiston once again made a bad start, losing their top four batsman with only 24 on the board.
Rizwan Qadir then joined Adam Tempest, and the pair began to restore parity with some sensible batting before Tempest fell for 11.
Rob Burns then joined Qadir, and the pair continued Freiston’s recovery.
Qadir finally fell to a brilliant catch in the deep by Tom Sargeant for a super 43, but Burns battled on to a career best 23 not out.
He was joined by the more aggressive Michael Burman, who also ended unbeaten, on 14.
Wayne Tonge, with 3-14, was Scopwick’s most successful bowler.
But it was soon clear that a total of 128 was not going to be enough.
Saif Ul Islam as usual gave little away, conceding only 10 runs in his seven overs and picking up two wickets.
Waled Zafir also claimed two wickets and Burman one.
But opener Ford (29), 13-year-old Moore (16) put the home side well on course for victory.
Some big hitting from Sargeant (29 not out) saw Scopwick ease to victory with eight overs left.