Freiston LL move nine points clear at top of the table

Oliver Booth.

Oliver Booth.

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Freiston, Leake and Leverton moved nine points clear at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Division Two following Saturday’s comfortable seven-wicket victory at Pinchbeck.

Bowling first, Freiston immediately put their hosts under pressure on a wonderful batting surface.

Pinchbeck were unable to score quickly at any stage and the pressure told as Paul Chester helped himself to two wickets.

Lee Eyett made a quickfire 36 and, in partnership with Ed Grant, they took the score to 70.

It was the golden arm of Charles Lenton which accounted for the pair, with Eyett stumped by Stewart Kirtley and Grant (21) superbly caught by a diving Tommy Atkinson.

Late order runs came from Richard Riley, who made 54, but runs were hard to come by at the other end as Ollie Booth and Mustafa Butt both deservedly picked up a wicket.

Riley took 18 runs off the final over but Pinchbeck still closed on 135 for the loss of seven wickets which appeared to be well below par on a good batting surface.

Freiston made full use of the excellent pitch to quickly take control of their innings.

Openers Richard Paul and Mustafa Butt put on 55 for the first wicket.

Butt had looked good before he was bowled by Knight for 25.

Stewart Kirtley made an aggressive 34 and Paul made 45 before both being bowled by Eyett.

Zeeshan Saeed scored am unbeaten seven and Vishal Rajput grabbed 15 runs without being dismissed.

These runs were enough to take Freiston to 136-3 and victory with 22 overs remaining.

On Saturday Freiston host Lindum Thirds, their main title rivals.