Winning start to new league for Freiston, Leake and Leverton

FREISTON, Leake and Leverton marked their arrival in the East Lindset League Division One with a five-wicket win over Tetford...

East Lindsey League Division One

Tetford 101, Freiston LL 102-5 - Freiston won by five wickets.

FREISTON, Leake and Leverton announced their arrival in the East Lindsey League’s first division with a superb win over last season’s third-placed team, Tetford.

Tommy Atkinson dismissed Paige in the third over as he and John Goodfellow bowled tightly, putting pressure on the batsmen.

Atkinson also had Kelsey caught at mid-off by Ollie Booth, and bowled Willerton to reduce Tetford to 26-3.

A strong partnership of 54 between Dixon and Smith managed to put Tetford back on top, but when Smith was caught behind of the bowling of the impressive Booth for 21, Freiston grabbed the initiative.

Richard Paul picked up two wickets in an over before Ashok Kumar had Dixon caught by Atkinson for 34.

Kumar and Booth ensured the Tetford innings was finished quickly, leaving Freiston requiring 102 for victory.

In reply, Freiston lost Herbert Ushewokunze in the first over, but Sunil Panjwani and Zeeshan Saeed added 24.

Panjwani was adjudged caught behind for 14.

Saeed was then trapped lbw for 25 as Freiston lost quick wickets, leaving the match in the balance at 57-5.

A strong and determined partnership between Richard Paul and Rob Sexton inched Freiston closer to victory as Sexton took the aggressive role despite a leg injury.

Paul and Sexton kept their heads as they managed to take Freiston to victory with an over-and-a-half left to seal a magnificent win.

Friendly League

Freiston LL 2nds 114, Horncastle 118-2 - Horncastle won by eight wickets.

FREISTON Seconds started their season with a disappointing defeat at a strong Horncastle side.

Having elected to bat first, Freiston lost Mick Warrington early, but Auldwyn Lindsey and Alok Singh built a steady partnership.

The pair added 45 but struggled to increase the scoring rate in the face of some disciplined bowling from the hosts.

Lindsey made 28 and Singh 24 before they were both caught.

Both Stewart Kirtley and Richard Paul made 11 as they were unable to raise the scoring rate. Freiston then lost quick wickets as Lovegrove’s leg spin claimed four scalps.

Mike Kettle and Ghafran Naqvi took Freiston over 100. But when Naqvi was bowled for 14 the innings concluded swiftly, leaving Kettle not out on 11.

Defending 114, Horncastle’s openers stood firm.

The openers then took full advantage of the change bowlers with Paige in particular showing a wide array of strokes.

Richard Paul who picked up the first wicket, Wilson going for 18.

Graham Kirtley then had Devereux caught behind by Stewart Kirtley, but Horncastle made light work of the chase as they knocked off the required runs with 17 overs left. Opener Paige played a dominant innings to finish on 87.