CRICKET: It’s a big wash-out for Woodhall Spa in league clash

On the pull: Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman hits out during his innings of 89 against rivals Market Rasen at Jubilee Park on Saturday
On the pull: Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman hits out during his innings of 89 against rivals Market Rasen at Jubilee Park on Saturday
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Woodhall Spa’s hopes of continuing their winning start to the new Lincolnshire ECB Premier League campaign were washed out by the weather on Saturday.

With skipper Jack Luffman leading the way, Spa rattled up an impressive 283-7 against Market Rasen at Jubilee Park.

Luffman (89) and fellow opener Sam Evison (43) put together a 113-run partnership to for the first wicket.

Former Sri Lanka Test star Malinga Bandara scored 23 while last week’s centurion Ricky Lovelace was unluckily run out at the non-striker’s end after the bowler spilled a tough caught and bowled chance.

Middle-order men Etienne Botha (38) and Matt Wooldridge (41) shared an entertaining stand of 66 and late order hitting form Ross Dixon (10) and Joe Irving (17 not out) secured that imposing total.

Rasen faced a daunting task, but faced only 10 balls before heavy storms forced the game to be abandoned.

That, unfortunately, was a sign of things as a much-changed Spa crashed out of the ECB’s National Club Championship 24 hours later following a heavy defeat at Nottingham-based Clifton Village.

Spa travelled with just four players from Saturday’s side and although they lost by eight wickets, they were far from disgraced.

Spa batted first on what was a two paced wicket but got off to a flyer thanks to Jack Timby.

The young wicketkeeper/batsman quickly made his way to 25 before being bowled by former Lincolnshire CCC quickie Adam Shepherd.

Wickets then fell at fairly regular intervals despite the best efforts of Ross Dixon (32) and Tom Dixon (20) Spa were bowled out for just 125.

The home side won it in the 20th over, but not without a scare as Alex King and Jack Cooke bowled well.

King’s two scalps had the home side rocking on 18-2 and it with a bit more luck, more wickets could have been taken.