Tate helps Freiston LL to top of the table

Paul Chester.
Paul Chester.
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Freiston, Leake and Leverton’s eight-wicket victory over Spalding Thirds sees them sit 11 points clear at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Division Two.

After skipper Ollie Booth won an important toss on Saturday, Freiston bowled first with opening bowlers Paul Chester (1-18) and Taimur Mian (1-3) both claiming wickets in their opening spells.

Darren Tate continued the fine work with three wickets in his first over, including Keith De Keyzer, who made 20.

Tate claimed his fourth victim thanks to a fine catch from Mian, as the visitors were reduced to 38-6.

Spalding did battle hard, but were unable to score above two runs an over.

Tommy Atkinson claimed two wickets and played a starring role in a sharp run out while captain Booth claimed the final wicket to end the Spalding innings on 72.

Ben Edwards top scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 21.

Chasing a modest total, Freiston had both openers Richard Paul (11) and Waseem Ilyas (12) reach double figures before being undone by super catches off the bowling of Tommy Gostic.

Stewart Kirtley (30 not out) and Sunil Panjwani (15 not out) took Freiston to 73-2 and victory in the 16th over.

Things didn’t go as well for Freiston on Sunday as an XI were beaten by 44 runs at Louth Taverners in the Cojo’s East Lindsey League Division One.

Despite battling hard, the away side were unable to match hard hitting Louth, for whom Zeeshan Ahmed made a superb 102.

Tommy Atkinson starred with the new ball, dismissing Richard Bell - thanks to a wonderful diving catch by Richard Paul - for a duck.

Atkinson also claimed the wickets of Luke Freeman and Stuart Barker to cap a strong opening spell.

However Ahmed was the star for Louth and Freiston had no answer for him.

At the other end wickets fell to Ollie Booth (4-35) and Taimur Mian (1-35) as no other Louth batsman made it past 20.

Freiston’s catching was also good as keeper Stewart Kirtley and Waseem Ilyas both took three catches.

Chasing 217 Freiston made a bright start via Richard Paul (16) and Ilyas.

Kirtley increased the scoring rate, but the dimissals of Ilyas (32), Kirtley (28) and Sunil Panjwani (four) really derailed the innings.

Despite these setbacks, the lower order saw that Freiston claimed four of their batting bonus points, thanks to Ollie Booth (19), Mian (21), Atkinson (nine) and Graham Kirtley (12).

Freiston were dismissed for 173.