Freiston LL up to second following 99-run victory

Richard Paul.
Richard Paul.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton secured their 10th league victory of the season with a comfortable 99-run victory over Long Sutton seconds.

The result sees Freiston move up to second in the South Lincs and Border League Division One, 20 points behind leaders Market Deeping.

Freiston’s top order again struggled, but a 66-run partnership between Sunil Panjwani and Richard Paul turned things around.

Panjwani made 25 while Paul added 38 runs.

Panjwani was bowled by Joe Harrison, while Paul was disappointed with his shot selection, holing out at long on.

Freiston lost regular wickets, and despite Tommy Atkinson hitting 16 and Zeeshan Saeed making an unbeaten 32, they were bowled out for 169.

With the ball, Atkinson and Ollie Booth claimed two wickets each in their opening spells. Atkinson had Andrew Wright well caught by Connor Goodfellow for a duck and clean bowled Rav Sangha.

Booth bowled economically in his opening nine overs, conceding only 11 runs.

Rizwan Qadir claimed three scalps, including top scorer Aaron John for 33.

Darren Tate claimed two wickets thanks to good catches in the slip cordon by Ashok Kumar and Booth.

The match ended in unfortunate circumstances when Ian Morris top edged an attempted pull stroke into his face an had to retire with his side on 70-9.

On Saturday Freiston host third-placed Boston Seconds.

In the R.P. Smith League, Freiston’s Seconds beat MoultonHarrox Thirds by 13 runs.

Despite persistent drizzle, both teams were determined not to let the weather beat them.

Batting first in the 25-over contest, Freiston made 140.

Waseem Ilyas top scored for Freiston with exactly 50, while John Goodfellow (25), Connor Goodfellow (16) and Danny Lumley (14) all made double figures.

With the ball Freiston looked in control once they dismissed Andy Goodley (30) and Patrick Harrington (18).

Connor Goodfellow was the pick of the bowlers claiming figures of 1-13.

After some hard hitting by Jonathan Manton (16), John Goodfellow held his nerve in the last over to seal the victory for Freiston, Harrox ending on 127-5.