CRICKET: King’s the star for Woodhall Spa with six of the best

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Woodhall Spa second team opened their campaign in the Premier Division of the South Lincs and Border League with an emphatic 116-runs victory against Stamford Town at Jubilee Park.

Batting first, Woodhall posted 200 and superb bowling from Alex King - who snapped up six of the best - then helped dismiss Stamford for 84.

A new opening partnership of Rob Bee (42) and 14-year-old Nitin Joachim (24); laid the foundations for Woodhall.

Joachim flourished and played what was described later as “the shot of the day” when he smashed a cover drive to the boundary.

On his departure new skipper and club coach Paul Timby took on the mantle of run scoring and played a typically aggressive innings of 62 to propel his side up to maximum batting points. Other notable contributions came from Matthew Sargeant (12), Pete Jackson (12) and debutant Same Cherry, who smashed 18 including one huge six.

In reply, the visitors were soon in trouble at 13-5 with opening bowlers King and Jack Cooke tearing through the top order.

Both bowled will skill and accuracy and King, in particular, showed he will be pushing for a first team spot after finishing with superb figures of 6-22 from his 10 overs.

He was well supported by Cooke (2-15) and one wicket each was taken by Cherry and the evergreen Matthew Haslam to claim the full 20 points.

n Woodhall’s winning streak continued on Sunday as the Wanderers 1st XI played its first came in the Lincoln and District Premier Division at home to Middle Rasen.

The visitors batted first and found run scoring difficult against a Spa attack that bowled with great discipline on what was still a good batting track.

King carried on where he had left off on Saturday, claiming the first wicket to fall and then it was left to John Temperton who took 3-24 as the innings came to a close.

Tight spells were also bowled by Etienne Botha, Lewis Holmes and Jack Cooke.

Spa made light work of the reply in an attempt to beat the looming bad weather and openers Jack Luffman and Henry Wilson put on 85 for the first wicket in just 13 overs.

Luffman was the dominant partner, but found a good ally in the youngster who found the gaps to rotate the strike.

Luffman was the first to go for 66 when he mistimed a lofted drive, but Wilson continued to play positively and carried his bat through to finish unbeaten on 43 as the winning runs were scored in the 26th over.

Botha (12), Jack Timby (9) and Tom Dixon (18 not out) were the other contributors.