Rare defeat fails to spoil promotion party

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Freiston slipped to just their second defeat of the season in Division Two of the South Lincs and Border League, beaten by 68 runs against a stronger than usual Boston thirds.

Despite the defeat, Freiston finished second in the league to earn promotion.

Bowling first Freiston weren’t at their best and allowed Sean Barnett and first-teamer Saihan Azim to add 97 for the second wicket.

Barnett made 44 while Azim showed his considerable class with 54.

Zakir Gatta claimed both batsman in his first over and from then on the momentum of the innings changed.

The young Boston middle order were unable to score freely thanks to some improved Freiston bowling.

Ryan Overton and John Goodfellow each picked up a wicket, while Gatta claimed three more to give himself a five-wicket haul as Boston closed on a competitive 166.

Freiston were then undone by Steve Appleyard. The experienced swing bowler claimed the first four wickets as Freiston slumped to 24-4.

There was no way back for the hosts, despite a defiant 36 from Zeeshan Saeed. Ollie Booth (15) also made double figures before he became Appleyard’s fifth victim.

In the end Freiston were bowled out for a disappointing 98.

In the Cojo’s East Lindsey League Division One, Freiston L&L’s difficult campaign saw them lose by seven wickets to Alford.

Batting first, Richard Paul was the mainstay of the Freiston innings with 59.

He was well supported by Umar Dar (15) and then Zeeshan Saeed.

Paul and Saeed (29) added 60 for the fifth wicket as a weakened Freiston team battled hard. Paul’s 50 included two handsome sixes and three fours.

Ollie Booth ensured Freiston made more than 160 with a quickfire 26.

With the ball Tommy Atkinson gave Freiston the best possible start as he dismissed Perry first ball, well caught at slip by Booth.

Atkinson also dismissed Lempard, well caught by Dar. After Booth claimed the wicket of M. Irving, the game was finely poised with Alford on 36-3.

However a sensational century from J. Wightwick allowed Alford to stroll home with comfort.

Wightwick pasted the Freiston bowlers to all parts, stroking 13 fours and three sixes in his innings of 109. His innings took Alford to victory with more than 10 overs to spare.

The defeat leaves Freiston in sixth place in the eight-team league.