Cojo’s ELCL Knockout Cup
Skegness 87 all out, Freiston L&L 1st XI 88-7 - Skegness lost by three wickets
Freiston produced a fabulous performance to shock reigning champions Skegness in the first of their Knockout Cup T20 double header.
Bowling first Freiston started positively as Tommy Atkinson had Houghton caught by Charles Lenton. Atkinson also had Pringle bowled as he looked to increase the scoring rate.
Hewitt and Santini added 32 for the third wicket before Hewitt was trapped LBW by Ashok Kumar for 25. After that wicket Freiston ripped through the Skegness batting line up.
Mustafa Butt picked up two wickets including a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Santini for 23.
The impressive Kumar deservedly picked up two wickets and Abhinav Singh also claimed two victims as Skegness were bowled out for 87.
Freiston’s response started poorly as they were reduced to 27-5 in the face off some fine bowling. However once the new ball pair completed their overs Freiston were able to build a partnership as Rob Sexton and Ashok Kumar batted sensibly.
The pair took the score to 61 before Sexton was well caught in the deep for an important 35.
Mustafa Butt joined Kumar and batting with controlled aggression the pair took Freiston to a superb victory with eight balls to spare. Kumar was unbeaten on 22 while Butt added nine.
Skegness 123-4, Freiston L&L 1st XI 77 all out - Skegness won by 46 runs.
In the second game the spirited Freiston side were unable to cause another upset but still delivered a battling performance.
Batting first Skegness once again lost Houghton early for 12 as he was bowled by Ollie Booth.
However a fine 63-run partnership between Hewitt and Pringle put Skegness in the driving seat.
Tommy Atkinson broke the partnership by having Pringle superbly caught by Mustafa Butt for 35.
Two wickets in Abhinav Singh’s third over slowed the scoring rate but a final flourish from Hewitt (49*) and M Chamberlain (10*) took the hosts to 123 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Freiston once again lost early wickets slumping to 20-4. Stewart Kirtley (8) and Rob Sexton (10) both got out when they looked to have played themselves in.
The lower order were unable to hit the necessary boundaries despite much endeavour. Ashok Kumar and Mustafa Butt both scored 8 whilst Charles Lenton made 5 and Ollie Booth 8.
Despite these efforts Freiston were bowled out for 77.
Skegness go through to finals day due to their better net run rate but its Freiston who can be most pleased with their sterling efforts against a strong Skegness side.