Freiston LL book their place in Twenty20 semi-finals

Zeeshan Saeed.
Zeeshan Saeed.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton moved into the East Lindsey Twenty20 semi-finals with two comfortable victories over Cleethorpes.

In the first encounter Tommy Atkinson led the way with an economical opening spell, conceding just eight runs off his four overs.

Taimur Mian was even more economical, allowing just six runs during his spell, and Ollie Booth claimed three wickets as Cleethorpes were restricted to 68-8.

In response, Freiston openers Zeeshan Saeed (46 not out) and Waseem Ilyas (21 not out) knocked off the runs with ease after just 13 overs.

After Cleethorpes elected to bat first in the second match, the visitors began with more impetus.

Opener Matthews top scored with 33 but received little support.

Darren Tate and Ollie Booth both took two wickets apiece before Waseen Ilyas executed two important run outs as Cleethorpes were dismissed for 72.

Having changed the batting order for the second encounter, Freiston lost some early wickets.

However, Stewart Kirtley (19), Ilyas (23 not out) and Richard Paul (10 not out) saw the hosts home with more than three overs left as Freiston recorded 73-4.

Freiston will travel to Skegness for their semi-final in two weeks’ time.

In the R.P. Smith Transport Friendly League, Freiston lost by 55 runs at Grimoldby.

The hosts scored 168-8, while Freiston Thirds were dismissed for 113-8.

Ryan Overton (two), Connor Goodfellow (two), Graham Kirtley (two), Tim Laverton and Richard Paul took the Grimoldby wickets.

Runs came from John Goodfellow (27), Paul (21), Graham Kirtley (14) and Rob Burns (11 not out).