Graves Park reach winning total in less than 10 overs

Richard Paul.
Richard Paul.

Graves Park earned a 10-wicket victory over Freiston, Leake and Leverton on Sunday.

The R.P. Smith Transport Friendly League contest saw Freiston’s Third XI dismissed for 57 runs in the 21st over.

In response, the Parkmen needed less than 10 overs to reach their winning target of 61, doing so without the loss of a single wickets.

The hosts won the toss and put Freiston into bat, a move which saw them gain the advantage from the off.

Freiston opener Richard Paul posted 29 runs, including five boundaries, before he was trapped LBW by Martin Hodgson.

However, wickets fell around him with consistency.

As seven batsmen went for ducks, only two of Paul’s teammates managed to score runs, and neither Graham Kirtley or Darren Tate could muster more than four each.

Freiston were aided by 20 extras.

For the Park, Hodgson claimed four wickets for the loss of one run, while other wickets fell to Steffen Cook (3-16), Ben Brinkley (2-12) and Ryan Lawson (1-15).

With the bat, the Park stormed to their winning total in style, Mitch Griffiths hitting 39 runs and Brinkley chipping in with 20, victory sealed off the first ball of the 10th over.

On Saturday, Graves Park’s First XI were beaten by 82 runs at Baston in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two.

Baston ended their innings on 183-5, wickets being taken by Martin Hodgson (three) and Joe Gilbert, while John Morris added a run out.

The Park were dismissed for 101 with notable scores coming from Morris (32), Liam Maskell (21), Steve Clements (15) and James Luto (10).