Freiston claim victory, despite impressive Bell spell

Tommy Atkinson.
Tommy Atkinson.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton continued their strong start to the season with a hard-fought 38-run victory over Boston Seconds in the South Lincs and Border League Division One.

A 43-run final-wicket partnership between John Goodfellow and Tommy Atkinson (pictured) ensured Freiston posted a respectable total of 163, which gave Freiston’s bowling attack a chance.

Batting first, Freiston were once again guilty of not turning starts into substantial scores.

Waseem Ilyas (21), Stewart Kirtley (27 )and Abdul Moeed (25) reached double figures but the innings subsided as Tim Bell claimed seven scalps (7-46) for Boston which reduced Freiston to 120-9.

However, Atkinson (19 not out) and Goodfellow (24) batted with aggression to swing the momentum of the game while Bell suffered a groin injury which prevented him bowling his allotted overs.

Michael Troops (two) and Ben Troops also took wickets for Boston.

With the ball, Freiston started poorly allowing Boston to reach 50 before Taimur Mian clean bowled Chris Morley for 10.

Freiston sensed their chance when Luke Gilding (nine) was caught behind to give Atkinson his only wicket.

After this, Freiston were able to dramatically reduce the scoring rate and take control of the match.

Taimur Mian picked up his second wicket when he bowled top scorer Tom Poole for 29.

John Goodfellow chipped in with two wickets before economical spells from Abdul Moeed and Ollie Booth heaped the pressure on the Boston batsmen.

This pressure led to two run outs, both from accurate throws from Waseem Ilyas.

Ashok Kumar had Bell caught behind before Moeed trapped Paul Tetther LBW.

Boston’s experienced last pair of Michael Troops and Paul Deans added 20 runs to frustrate Freiston before Deans was trapped in front to give Kumar his second wicket as Boston went for 125.