Narrow defeat for Freiston LL against Woodhall Spa

Seconds defeat Spalding...
Abdul Moeed.Abdul Moeed.
Abdul Moeed.

Freiston ended their season with a narrow defeat in a competitive match against Woodhall.

After winning the toss and bowling first, Freiston started well, with Ryan Overton picking up an early wicket, caught at slip.

Hodson (24) and Behan (29) took the score onto 47, when Hodson was caught and bowled by Ashok Kumar.

Abdul Moeed had Behan stumped by Zeeshan Saeed, and Kumar picked up Todd (18) also stumped.

Well and Galbraith shared a 41-run partnership for the visitors with Wells in particular upping the scoring rate. He was well caught by Yasir Tanoli for 30, before Galbraith (17) was trapped LBW by Zakir Gatta.

Both White and Jackson made 18 for Woodhall in the closing overs, as good death bowling from Overton and Gatta restricted Woodhall to 170 off their 40 overs. Gatta claimed two further wickets in the final over.

In reply, Freiston lost Zeeshan Saeed for only one.

However, solid contributions from Richard Paul (22) and Waseem Ilyas (19) put Freiston in a decent position.

With Usman Ahmed and Abdul Moeed going well for Freiston, the home side required a run a ball off the final 11 overs. However, Freiston then began to lose regular wickets to halt their progress.

Ahmed became Haslam’s first victim when he went for 39. Haslam then ripped through Freiston’s lower order, and when Moeed was well caught on the boundary for 22, the game was up.

Freiston were bowled out for 141, losing their last seven wickets for just 40 runs. Haslam finished with excellent figures of 4-26.

Freiston seconds finished their league season with victory over Spalding.

Batting first Freiston made 160. The highlight of the innings was an excellent 72 from Stewart Kirtley.

He looked in fine form and struck the ball very cleanly, but credit must also go to Freiston’s lower order who supported Kirtley well.

There was a danger of the innings subsiding when Freiston were reduced to 63-4 but Gwion Joyce (8), Mat Dean (16) and Tim Laverton (8) all shared important partnerships with Kirtley to take the score up to 160.

Steve Appleyard was in excellent form with the ball claiming three wickets in his spell, including danger man Alam caught by Tim Laverton for 46.

Requiring four an over, Spalding looked to be favourites before Ben Newton picked up two key wickets. First, he had Jones bowled for 33 and then Gardner for 14.

The wickets halting the scoring, and Freiston were able to restrict the home side to 138, with Newton claiming excellent figures on 4-20.