Freiston LL book Twenty20 semi-final spot

Stewart Kirtley.
Stewart Kirtley.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton have booked their place in the semi-final of the Cojo’s East Lindsey League Knockout Cup.

Competing in the Twenty20 competition, they secured two victories to qualify from their group.

They beat Sutton on Sea by 34 runs and Louth Taverners by five wickets.

Batting first against Sutton on Sea, Zeeshan Saeed made 33, Stewart Kirtley made 22 and Sunil Panjwani top scored with 36.

A collapse late on meant Freiston were unable to take full advantage of their good start, but they still finished on an imposing 134-8.

With the ball, Freiston restricted their hosts to 100-6.

Tommy Atkinson bowled an economical spell, while Paul Chester and Ollie Booth both claimed two wickets.

In the second contest, Louth reached 143-2, wickets falling to Atkinson and Chester.

Saeed and Rob Sexton put on 106 for the first wicket. Sexton made 49 and Saeed took Freiston to the verge of victory with his cavalier 51.

Despite loosing three wickets in the penultimate over, Kirtley (21 not out) saw Freiston home with four balls left as they finished on 144-5.

In the South Lincs and Border League Division Two, Freiston LL lost by seven wickets against Long Sutton Seconds.

Table topping Long Sutton posted 103-3 after Freiston were bowled out for 102.

Richard Paul (11), Stewart Kirtley (32), Zeeshan Saeed (12) and Ollie Booth (13) reacheed double figures for Freiston.

Martin Hodgson and Darren Tate (two) took the Long Sutton wickets.