BELOW-par batting cost Freiston, Leake and Leverton CC in two matches over the weekend...
R.P. Smith Transport Friendly League
Grimoldby 127, Freiston LL 98 - Grimoldby won by 29 runs.
A DISAPPOINTING batting display failed to take Freiston, Leake and Leverton to victory after a good bowling and fielding effort from the side.
Bowling first, Michael Burman took the opening wicket, bowling A. Clark for just nine runs.
Opener Hennessey made 18 before being run out thanks to a direct hit from Ghafran Naqvi.
Bell made 16 before being caught and bowled by the impressive Ollie Booth, and Travis scored 19 before being run out by Stewart Kirtley.
Freiston’s fielding continued to impress as Adam Tempest had Lynam ran out.
A powerful innings from Bains gave Grimoldby some much needed impetus but wickets continued to fall at the other end.
Naqvi deservedly picked up a wicket thanks to a good catch from Richard Paul, while Rizwan Qadir’s strong throw from the deep had Barnes run out.
Bains struck 36 before he was well caught in the deep by Paul before a wicket a piece from Siaf Ul Islam and Rizwan Qadir finished the Grimoldby innings on 127.
With no demons in the pitch, Freiston were confident of chasing down the target and started in positive fashion.
Despite runs flowing, wickets also flowed with the hosts soon in trouble at 33-4.
Youngster D. Clark took three wickets as Freiston’s top order batting left a lot to be desired.
Ollie Booth and Graham Kirtley added 19 to stabilize the innings, before Kirtley was trapped in front.
Booth and Qadir then batted positively and looked to be taking Freiston to victory.
The pair added 41 before Booth was caught at square leg for 23.
Once Booth went the tail subsided in dramatic fashion with the final five wickets, adding only five runs, leaving Qadir stranded on 22.
Friskney 68, Freiston LL 62 - Friskney won by six runs.
A SHAMBOLIC top order batting display saw Freiston lose a game they really should have comfortably won.
Bowling first, Tommy Atkinson made the first breakthrough for Freiston having Griffiths trapped lbw.
However, Bell and Hood batted well to take Friskney to 56-1.
The introduction of Ollie Booth changed the game as he had Bell caught at mid off by Rob Sexton for 14.
John Goodfellow deservedly picked up a wicket as he was rewarded for his fine spell by bowling Hood for 38.
Booth then ripped through the Friskney middle order with devastating accuracy and pace.
The tall seamer picked up five wickets as the visitors had no answer to him.
Charles Lenton bowled well to support Booth, picking up two wickets before Naveen Jochaim took a wicket with his first ball to end the Friskney innings on just 68.
However, the Friskney opening bowlers made life hard for Freiston.
With Mick Troops and Bell bowling accurately and moving the ball around, Freiston’s top order subsided in dramatic fashion as they slumped to 4-4.
This soon became 15-5 as only Alok Singh appeared able to stay at the crease.
Singh made 22 before he was caught and bowled by Troops.
With Freiston slumping to 40-9, the game looked over but Charles Lenton and Ollie Booth had other ideas.
The pair showed the top order how to bat, as they combined stout defence with attacking intent to edge Freiston closer.
The pair withstood a second spell from opening bowler Bell who had earlier taken two wickets, but the introduction of slow bowler Snell finished the game as he bowled Booth for 16.
The pair had taken Freiston to within seven runs of victory - but in the end they were unable to take the hosts to victory.