Freiston LL keep their title challenge going

Oliver Booth.
Oliver Booth.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton maintained their South Lincs and Border League Division Two promotion push despite dogged resistance from bottom-of-the-table Burgh.

Bowling first, after Ollie Booth won yet another toss, Freiston started well.

In form Tommy Atkinson claimed two early scalps to reduce the hosts to 16-2.

R. Underwood batted well for the hosts, but Charles Lenton claimed three wickets with his tricky off spin.

John Goodfellow claimed the important wicket of Underwood for 37 with a delivery which clattered into middle stump.

Goodfellow also had Giles well caught by Booth for 15.

Burgh’s lower order batted well to take their score from 90-7 to 148 before they were all out.

Atkinson’s second spell brought about a further two wickets, giving the paceman impressive figures on 4-29.

It was also Atkinson who claimed the final wicket with a brilliant direct hit to run out Wilkinson.

With the bat, Freiston once again started well with the openers putting on 52 for the first wicket.

Connor Goodfellow looked in wonderful form as he made an eye-catching 39 and Richard Paul made a scratchy 17 before he was bowled by Phelps.

Waseem Ilyas saw Freiston home with an aggressive 59, while Lenton supported him with an unbeaten 18 as Freiston reached their target of 149-5.

In the Cojo’s East Lindsey League Division One, Freiston lost by 61 to Tetford.

Tetford’s openers added 41 before a super low catch from Richard Paul gave Ryan Overton a deserved first senior team wicket.

Haris Nadeem also claimed Kelsey for 9 but a weakened Freiston attack was unable to take regular wickets.

Dixon made 27 for the hosts before being well caught by Overton off the bowling of Panjwani.

Ollie Booth and Mustafa Butt ensured Freiston finished well as the pair took four late wickets whilst composed thinking from Waleed Zafar saw Roberts run out as Tetford closed on 163-9.

It was the batting which really let Freiston down. Richard Paul and Stewart Kirtley both departed early before a 46 run partnership between Panjwani and Zeeshan Saeed lulled Freiston into a sense of optimism.

Panjwani’s dismissal for 21 led to a collapse as Freiston slumped to 71-7 when Saeed was caught for 29.

Freiston reached 103, picking up one batting point from an otherwise disappointing day.