FREISTON, Leake and Leverton Firsts maintained their third place in the East Lindsey Division One table thanks to a hard-fought victory at Sutton on Sea.
Batting first, Freiston lost opener Zeeshan Saeed to the first ball and Sunil Panjwani off the final ball of the opening over.
After that horrific start, Richard Paul and Rob Sexton did well to add 27 much-needed runs before Sexton was trapped lbw for 11.
Stewart Kirtley and Paul added a further 22 before Kirtley was caught in the deep for 12 and skipper Paul was caught at mid on for 19.
Freiston looked in real trouble at 66-6, but a fine partnership between Ollie Booth and Charles Lenton dragged the visitors out of trouble.
The pair batted superbly to add 55 valuable runs before Lenton was undone by a yorker for 18.
Booth and Sean Burns accelerated well, with Booth hitting two sixes and Burns striking a magnificent blow over long on in his innings of 12.
Booth went in the final over for a brilliant 45 as Freiston were bowled out for 154.
With the ball, Burns started magnificently opening up with three straight maidens.
The young left armer was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, but his economical opening spell kept Sutton on Sea in check.
Openers Brant and Pointon did well to repel some good Freiston bowling but were unable to score quickly.
Freiston finally got the breakthrough when Brant was well caught and bowled by Booth for 28.
John Goodfellow dismissed Pointon for 31 as Sutton on Sea were unable to accelerate the scoring rate.
Disciplined bowling increased the pressure on the batters, allowing Richard Paul to have Neil caught and bowled and Gray caught behind by Kirtley.
Ashok Kumar had Culley well caught in the deep by Saeed before Goodfellow bowled Nelson and completed his five-wicket haul by having both Dean and Turtum caught by Saeed at mid off.
In the end, Sutton’s innings subsided dramatically giving Freiston victory by the flattering margin of 50 runs in a game that, for the most part, was in the balance.