Late drama sees Freiston suffer defeat

Mustafa Butt.
Mustafa Butt.

A STIRRING fightback from Freiston’s second team wasn’t quite enough to beat rivals Graves Park.

Batting first, Freiston were soon on the back foot at 36-4.

Two wickets from Woodward and a wicket each for Baker and Carr were responsible for the Freiston setbacks.

A 67-run partnership between Mustafa Butt and Adam Tempest helped rebuild the innings for the hosts.

Butt continued his good batting form, making 40 before he was superbly caught and bowled by Martin Hodgson.

Tempest made 27 before some late order hitting from Rob Burns (16) and Mike Kettle (18 not out) saw Freiston to a competitive 155 off their 40 overs.

With the ball, Rizwan Qadir had Scot Gray caught for a duck but Hodgson and Stephenson settled the Graves Park innings.

The pair looked to be taking Graves Park to a comfortable victory as they knocked the ball around sensibly and put pressure on the Freiston fielders.

Stephenson made 63 but when he was well caught in the deep by Adam Tempest off the bowling of Saif Ul Islam the game turned.

Freiston began to take regular wickets, with Hodgson trapped lbw by Ul Islam for 30.

Ul Islam took two more wickets with his seam bowling to give him four wickets.

Butt bowled Howsam for 14 valuable runs, but at that stage Graves Park needed only 14 runs to win but wickets continued to fall.

Baxter was run out by Alok Singh and then Butt bowled Carr with four runs still required.

Clubb and Baker both struck twos before Baker was bowled by Michael Burman.

Last man Smith survived the remaining two balls from Burman, leaving it to Clubb to strike the two runs needed for victory off the second ball of the final over.

Freiston First XI’s game at Woodhall on Sunday in the East Lindsey Cricket League Division One was postponed due to the weather.