Paul hits 44 runs - but Freiston LL are beaten

Richard Paul.
Richard Paul.

Freiston, Leake and Leverton have dropped down to fourth spot in the South Lincs and Border League Division One, following their 88-run defeat at Skegness Seconds.

The seasiders - who currently sit second in the standings, four points above third-placed Boston and six ahead of Freiston - posted a healthy 176-9 off their 45 overs on Saturday.

In response, Freiston were dismissed for 88.

Reece Brant (66) and Andrew Sylvester (43) top scored for the hosts.

Oliver Booth led the way for the Freiston bowlers, taking three wickets for the loss of 47 runs.

Other dismissals came courtesy of Riz Qadir (2-37) and Ashok Kumar (2-35).

Charles Lenton and Richard Paul both added run outs to the away side’s cause.

However, it was with the bat that Freiston fell short.

Opener Richard Paul struck a fine 44, including five fours, before he was bowled by Brant.

Stewart Kirtley and Zeeshan Saeed both added 15 runs to the cause, but they were the only further batsmen to reach double figures.

Jason Elsom wrapped up victory for Skegness by dealing the with middle order and tailenders - claiming five wickets for the loss of seven runs in just 3.4 overs.

Freiston’s Firsts return to action on Sunday when they travel to face Cavaliers, who currently sit a place behind them in the table.

On Saturday, Freiston’s Third XI host Grimoldby in the R.P. Smith Transport Friendly League.