CRICKET: Bandara set for debut as Woodhall Spa face Sleaford trip

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Woodhall Spa are gearing up for a champion test tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit arch rivals Sleaford in the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League.

Woodhall were agonisingly pipped for the title by Sleaford on the very last day of the 2013 campaign.

However, skipper Jack Luffman knows his side will have to be at their very best to record a victory.

Woodhall came out best in a frustrating winning draw against local rivals Louth last Saturday at Jubilee Park after the visitors’ last wicket pair held out for the final three overs.

That result left Woodhall in sixth place in the table on 41 points and they will not want to fall any further behind early season pacesetters Bracebridge Heath (60pts).

Sleaford are also smarting after suffering a losing draw at Bourne in their last fixture - a result which delivered a setback to their hopes of retaining the championship.

In the team front, Woodhall should unleash Sri Lankan Test star Malinga Bandara who has arrived after visa delays kept him out of the opening three games of the season.

Bandara, a prolific leg spin bowler and hard hitting batsman - has played for Gloucestershire and Kent - as well as representing his country.

His availability will be a major bonus for Woodhall who should have their country trio of Jonny Cheer, Sam Evison and Matthew Sargeant available for selection.

It could well be a battle of the overseas’ stars as Sleaford’s key man is New Zealand Test batsman Tim McIntosh.

He set various records last year in his side’s title success and has started the new campaign in ominous style.