The joy of Sexton! Freiston, Leake and Leverton enjoy five-wicket success

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FREISTON, Leake and Leverton produced one of their best batting displays of the season to beat Timberland by five wickets in a friendly match.

Sean Burns was the star of the show with the ball, taking four wickets before Rob Sexton made an impressive 73 to guide Freiston’s run chase.

Electing to bowl, Sean Burns and Stewart Kirtley began well.

Burns removed Lowe for four, before Kirtley trapped Blankley playing back to a full ball.

Next up, Burns dismissed danger man Gilbert for 11 before bowling Marsh.

Burns’ fourth wicket came when Freeman edged behind and the catch was taken by Rob Burns behind the stumps.

An inexperienced Freiston attack did well in the middle overs with Bilal Minhas unfortunate not to pick up a wicket from his six overs.

Usaama Minhas had Mickelburgh caught by Sunil Panjwani for 19 before Graham Kirtley picked up the wicket of Derwood, who made a good 42 before he was caught in the deep by Richard Paul.

Hayyan Nadeem then took two wickets to end the Timberland innings on 140.

In reply, Freiston lost both Richard Paul and Graham Kirtley early, as they were both bowled by the impressive left arm swing of Hardy.

Rob Sexton and Sunil Panjwani added 37 before Panjwani miscued a leg slide flick to be caught by the wicket keeper for 22.

The unfortunate run out of Haris Nadeem threatened to put Freiston in trouble, but Sexton played his best knock of the year to calm Freiston nerves.

Sexton received good support from Stewart Kirtley as the score board raced along.

A quick outfield and a short boundary gave good value for the pairs elaborate stroke play.

Kirtley made 28 before he was run out backing up.

But Sexton, who made his first 50 of the season, and Sean Burns, saw Freiston home with 18 overs to spare, finishing on 141-5.