CRICKET: Big Ben’s six of the best gets Woodhall Spa out of jail

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Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman admitted his side’s bowlers “got them out of jail” to set up victory in a low scoring Lincolnshire ECB Premier League game at Market Deeping last Saturday.

For once, Woodhall Spa’s multi-talented batting line-up miss-fired and they were dismissed for 162.

But, with Australian ace Ben O’Brien leading the way, Woodhall stormed back and routed their hosts for 63.

O’Brien finished with six wickets and was well supported by young seamer Alex King, who captured three victims.

The victory keeps Woodhall’s title hopes alive, although leaders Bourne continued on their winning ways at rock bottom Market Rasen.

Luffman admitted: “It wasn’t our greatest batting performance although to be fair, Market Deeping bowled really well.

“But all credit to Ben and Alex who were superb. They got us out of jail.

“In the end, it was a good win because a lot of sides will go to Market Deeping this season and struggle.

“There’s four games left. The target is to win them all and see what happens.”

The victory was particularly satisfying because Woodhall saw the title slip through their grasp at Market Deeping on the final day of last season.

And Market Deeping followed that success with another victory at Woodhall’s Jubilee Park ground earlier this season.

Opener Sam Evisxon (39), Malinga Bandara (39) and Luffman (27) were the main contributors with the bat.

Market Deeping must have felt confident at the halfway stage, but they had reckoned without O’Brien and King who were backed by some sharp fielding, Connor Parsons taking three catches.

*Woodhall are home to Skegness this Saturday.