Haq’s the way to do it! Freiston LL stay in the groove

Anwar Ul Haq.
Anwar Ul Haq.

A SCORE of 74 not out from Anwar Ul Haq helped Freiston, Leake and Leverton to success...

Cojo’s East Lindsey Cricket League Division One

Freiston LL 1sts 184-4, Sutton on Sea 131-9 - Freiston won by 53 runs.

NEWLY-promoted Freiston, Leake and Leverton’s superb start to the season continued as they made it three league victories in a row with a 53-run victory over Sutton on Sea.

Batting first on a warm day, Freiston started well as Zeeshan Saeed and Abhinav Singh put on 35 for the first wicket.

Singh was trapped lbw by Sparham, who then had Kirtley caught in the leg side.

Saeed and Rob Sexton looked good until Saeed was bowled for 26.

Sexton made 14 before he was bowled by Brant as the innings were in the balance at 71-4.

Anwar Ul Haq joined skipper Richard Paul and immediately showed his stroke-making ability as he struck two huge sixes over long off, and two more over the leg side.

With Ul Haq striking the ball superbly, Paul kept rotating the strike intelligently.

Ul Haq brought up his 50 with a boundary through the off side.

Paul, who finished on 32 not out, and Ul Haq, who ended on an unbeaten 74, added 113 for the fifth wicket to take Freiston to a strong 184 off their 40 overs.

Sutton on Sea started positively with the bat, with Brant striking three boundaries before he was trapped lbw by Sean Burns for 19.

Ollie Booth continued his fine form as he trapped Poynton lbw before John Goodfellow took a good catch at slip to give Booth two wickets in two balls.

Booth also dismissed Sparham having him caught at mid wicket by Paul.

Abhinav Singh supported Booth well, keeping the pressure on and deservedly picking up a wicket as Wooster was caught at mid on by Paul Chester.

A frustrating fifth-wicket partnership of 46 halted the Freiston charge, but when Culley was bowled by Goodfellow for 22, Freiston were once more firmly on top.

Goodfellow proceeded to have Wooster caught and bowled for 16, K. Nelson caught by Singh for eight and C. Nelson clean bowled as the experienced seamer picked up season’s best of 4-24.

Freiston were unable to pick up the final wicket, so missed out on maximum points, but a healthy 19-point haul was enough to see Freiston’s dream start continue.

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Friendly League

Grimoldby 199-5, Freiston LL 2nds 152 - Grimoldby won by 47 runs.

ON A hot and sunny day, Freiston wilted in the heat and were beaten by an energetic Grimoldby side.

Freiston did start well with Tommy Atkinson having Brader superbly caught behind by Rob Burns.

A 67-run partnership between A. Clarke and Bell built firm foundations for Grimoldby.

However, when debutant Preetak Mehta took two wickets in an over including Bell for 31, Freiston appeared to be back in contention.

The Grimoldby batsmen had other ideas as A. Clarke and M. Travis added a wonderful 123 to punish the Freiston team for some lethargic fielding.

Clarke was caught by Burns off the bowling of Rizwan Qadir for a fine 63, but Travis (45 not out) ensured Grimoldby got to 199 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Freiston lost Mick Warrington early but Mehta and Stewart Kirtley batted positively, keeping Freiston up with the required rate.

Stewart Kirtley made 24 before being caught at mid-wicket.

Mehra made 34 before being superbly caught by T. Sanders.

Richard Paul made 23 before being bowled by Bains as Freiston continued to score at a healthy rate, but also losing regular wickets.

Losing wickets continued for Freiston as they slumped from 106-3 to 135-9 as youngster D. Clarke took four wickets.

Last pair Ali Haider and Bilal Minhas batted sensibly to add 17, but Freiston still fell 47 runs short.