Freiston in form, but league leaders prove too strong

John Goodfellow.
John Goodfellow.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton produced one of their best displays of the season, but it wasn’t quite enough to end league leaders Market Deeping Seconds’ unbeaten record.

Batting first, Freiston started well in this South Lincs and Border League Division One contest.

Waseem Ilyas played positively to make 33 from only 21 deliveries and Sunil Panjwani continued in positive vein as Freiston put pressure on the Market Deeping opening bowlers.

The introduction of the slower bowlers proved pivotal as the scoring rate dramatically fell.

From being 70-1 off 11 overs, Freiston lost momentum against the accurate and skilful bowling of Jackson Andrews and Nick Andrews, who shared five wickets.

Panjwani was caught in the covers for a run a ball 39.

Richard Paul made 25 before he was also caught in the covers while Stewart Kirtley scored 24 and was supported by Taimur Mian (15) and Ollie Booth (11). A glorious cover drive from John Goodfellow helped Freiston to 178 to set their hosts a competitive total.

Market Deeping’s openers started well, putting on 46 for the first wicket.

Two wickets from Tommy Atkinson put Freiston back in the hunt as he dismissed Richard Witt for 23, caught by Abdul Moeed, and then clean bowled Ryan Hyman.

Atkinson claimed his third when a superb stumping from Zeeshan Saeed, dismissed Ross Barnes for eight.

Deeping continued to bat with care, with John McDougall notching up his half century.

Ollie Booth had Nick Green caught on the hook before a superb off cutter dismissed Nick Andrews.

Freiston continued to fight hard as Deeping edged towards victory.

John Goodfellow claimed the wicket of McDougall (67) when he was well caught by Richard Paul jumping high above his head on the long off boundary.

This wicket put the game in the balance with Deeping requiring 31 runs with four wickets in hand.

A composed innings from Brainborough (34 not out) took Deeping to victory on 181-7, despite Booth picking up his third wicket.

Despite the defeat Freiston took pride from pushing the league leaders hard in a very competitive and closely fought match.

The seven bonus points accrued from this game keep Freiston in contention for the second promotion place, as they currently sit in third, 20 points behind second-placed Boston Seconds, but with a game in hand.