Poor batting leads to first loss for Freiston

Freiston L&L 1st XI (102 all out) lost to Hainton (103-5) by 5 wkts.

FREISTON firsts suffered their first defeat of the season after a poor batting performance left the bowling unit with just too much to do.

Batting first Freiston struggled against the new ball as Horne and D. Richards ripped through the top order leaving Freiston shaking at 31-5.

Sunil Panjwani made an aggressive 33 as he tried to put Freiston back in the hunt, however he was caught to become Richards fourth wicket.

Stewart Kirtley scored 36 as he combined attack and defence together. He added 31 with Sean Burns (7) but when that partnership was broken Freiston subsided once more to be all out for only 102.

With the ball Freiston began well taking two early wickets.

Paul Chester picked up L. Richards, caught behind by Zeeshan Saeed, and then bowled Oliver to reduce Hainton to 15-2.

Sean Burns gave nothing away with the ball and deservedly picked up a wicket as he bowled D. Richards.

Ollie Booth had Horne caught behind but only after an aggressive 30 which kept Hainton in the driving seat.

Bonas added 12 before being caught by Burns off the bowling of John Goodfellow to leave the score on 76-5.

However Hainton’s sixth wicket pair saw their team over the line with 10 overs to spare.

Freiston stay top of the league but will need to improve greatly to maintain their position, starting with next week’s fixture at home to Cleethorpes.

l Freiston seconds overcame Scopwick on Sunday at RAF Digby.

Batting first, Freiston made 169 thanks to a strong all round team performance.

Michael Burman, Graham Kirtley and Tommy Atkinson all made it past 20 as Freiston set the hosts a tough target.

In reply, Scowick reached 85-0 as they seemed at ease against Freiston’s quicker bowlers.

The introduction of spin changed the game as Waleed Zafar, who took three wickets in his first over, finished with seven in total.

He was ably supported by Charles Lenton who picked up the other three wickets as Scopwick fell short in their run chase.