CRICKET: Botha’s famous five is the clincher for Woodhall Spa

Malinga Bandera - impressive form for Woodhall Spa
Malinga Bandera - impressive form for Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa climbed into second place in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League after an emphatic 132-run win against a dangerous Market Deeping Side on Saturday.

Overseas’ star Malinga Bandera produced another impressive performance while exciting South African teenager Etienne Botha shone with the ball.

Woodhall were also encouraged by impressive bowling from off-season signing Joe Irving, who picked up three impressive wickets.

Skipper Jack Luffman won the toss and elected to bat on a hard Jubilee Park surface and his decision was vindicated with Spa posting a challenging 230-9 from 50 overs.

The total based around two big partnerships of 113 between Sam Evison (56) and Bandara (85) and then one of 70 between Bandara and Ricky Lovelace (29).

Former Sri Lanka Test star Bandera was in prime form and looked set for a century until he was caught at cover.

A middle-order collapse threatened to halt Woodhall’s bid for maximum batting points but a partnership between the returning Jack Hughes (12 not out) and wicket-keeper Jack Timby (14) added useful runs.

The total looked even more daunting for the visitors once Irving had accounted for two early wickets - the first to a good catch by Botha at point and then a quick delivery to bowl the dangerous Gillet.

The third wicket partnership was beginning to develop nicely for the visitors, but Luke Smith trapped opener Jones leg before and then Irving claimed his third with a wonderful delivery to dismiss Deeping’s South African professional Kriek.

The introduction of spinners Bandara and Botha then put pay to any hope of a Deeping revival as they took advantage of a pitch that was beginning to take turn.

With the help of good catching, they dismissed the visitors for just 98. Bandara claimed one scalp but it was his junior partner Botha who grabbed the headlines claiming 5-16 from just 7.3 overs.