Boston Seconds avenge earlier defeat against Freiston

Luke Gilding.
Luke Gilding.

Freiston were comprehensively beaten by Boston Seconds in a game which may prove to pivotal with respect to both teams’ hopes of promotion.

In truth, Boston out-played Freiston in all departments and avenged their early-season defeat at the Mayflower.

Having elected to bowl first, Freiston were frustrated by Boston’s opening pair, who batted with discipline and care.

Tom Poole (48) and Chris Morley (56) added 80 for the first wicket to set a solid platform for their middle order.

Darren Tate dismissed Poole, caught at mid off by captain Richard Paul.

Taimur Mian clean bowled Morley but Boston then pushed on.

Michael Musson and Luke Gilding (38 not out) built on the platform set for them and accelerated the innings in strong fashion.

Musson was caught by Paul for 51 but Boston accelerated to 224-3 off their 45 overs as Freiston wilted under the pressure.

With the bat, Freiston lost two early wickets as Tim Bell clean bowled both openers.

Sunil Panjwani and Zeeshan Saeed added 34 before Panjwani was caught in the deep for 17.

Freiston had no answer for the accurate Boston bowling and continued to lose wickets, gifting Boston a number of catches in the deep.

Saeed top scored with 30 before he became one of Gilding’s four wickets.

Charles Lenton (12), Ashok Kumar (15) and Taimur Mian (15) all made it into double figures but Freiston were bowled out for only 104.

This leaves Freiston in third, trailing second-placed Boston by seven points in the South Lincs and Border League Division One, but they have a game in hand.

In the RP Smith Friendly League, Freiston Seconds were victorious at Legbourne, thanks to a fine century from Waseem Ilyas.

Ilyas scored a superb 129 as Freiston amassed 229-7 off their 40 overs. John Goodfellow (14) helped Ilyas set up a strong platform against the new ball whilst Vishal Rajput (36 not out) ensured the innings finished with a flourish.

A disciplined start from opening bowlers Danny Lumley and Connor Goodfellow ensured Legbourne stood no chance of chasing down the target, although the hosts did bat spiritedly to make 155.

J.P. Horton claimed three wickets, whilst the impressive Lumley claimed one wicket and conceded less than one run per over.

Sam Humberstone also claimed a wicket as Freiston comfortably claimed victory in an enjoyable match.