Freiston, Leake and Leverton CC returned to action with weekend double-header
Freiston, Leake and Leverton CC returned to cricketing action at the weekend, playing two friendlies.
With strict hygiene protocols in place, and adaptions to maintain social distance, the new arrangement felt a little strange, but did allow for some enjoyable cricket.
Freiston were dismissed for 96 against Heckington, who responded with 96-5 for a five wicket win.
Abdul Moeed (31) and Ollie Booth (21) shared a 41-run partnership to give the Freiston score some respectability after being reduced to 51-7.
Damon Tunnicliffe took five wickets for the visitors, who looked sharper than their hosts, having played the week before.
Freiston didn’t make it easy for Heckington in the second innings.
Booth claimed two wickets, and both Ashok Kumar and Usman Ahmed took two good catches.
Morley (23) and Townsend (24*) saw Heckington to their total with five wickets to spare.
A second five-wicket defeat followed on Sunday against Alford, whose 151-5 bettered Freiston's 149-9.
Freiston were better with the bat, making 149 from their 40 overs.
Herbert Ushewokunze (20) and Waseem Ilyas set a good platform for Freiston. Waseem Ilyas top scored with 42.
After losing three quick wickets Ashok Kumar and Saif Ilyas shared an excellent 52 run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Kumar made 33 and youngster Saif Ilyas posted a career best 15.
Freiston lost wickets towards the end of their innings so were unable to push the score on as hoped, but still closed on a respectable 149.
Taimur Mian took a wicket with the first ball, and when Ryan Overton trapped Gregory LBW, Alford were 11-2.
That wicket bought Alford captain Jack Wightwick to the crease and he played an excellent attacking innings.
Initially supported by Kelly (29), Wightwick brought up his fluent half century.
He also scored at a rapid rate, quickly taking the game away from Freiston.
Wightwick was eventually caught for 88, but by then the game was all but over.
The impressive Ryan Overton took two late wickets, but Chatterton (19*) saw Alford home with 13 overs to spare.