Paul hits an unbeaten 55 in Freiston LL victory

Richard Paul.
Richard Paul.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton secured their second comfortable South Lincs and Border League Division Two victory over Grantham this season with a 98-run triumph.

Batting first, Freiston lost Ollie Booth early, but Stewart Kirtley looked in magnificent form, making 49 before being caught at extra cover.

Opener Richard Paul played a steady innings and received good support from Rob Sexton (17) and Martin Hodgson (17).

Paul and Darren Tate (13) took the score past 150, before a superb unbroken ninth-wicket partnership between Paul and Tommy Atkinson finished the innings in style.

The pair added 45, with Atkinson striking a fine 23.

Paul hit a six before he finished unbeaten on 55.

With the ball, Rizwan Qadir took two early wickets and Ollie Booth one as Grantham were soon reduced to 15-3.

Tommy Atkinson clean bowled Harvey Stevens before Tate had Will Stevens caught behind, giving Stewart Kirtley his third catch of the innings.

An aggressive 64 from Alex Kettle proved the mainstay of the Grantham innings, but Tommy Atkinson bowled Grosse with a fine slower ball before Alex Hackney was well caught in the deep by Paul off the bowling of Martin Hodgson.

Naveen Joachim picked up his first South Lincs wicket before Booth and Hodgson finished the innings to bowl Grantham out for 109.

A weakened Freiston team put up a spirited show at Sutton on Sea in the East Lindsey League.

Richard Paul (59), Herbert Ushewokunze (29), Stewart Kirtley (43), Sunil Panjwani (23) and Ollie Booth (17) guided the team to 227-6.

However, Sutton on Sea posted 228-4 to claim a six-wicket success.

Wickets were taken by Haris Nadeem (two), Panjwani and Booth.