CRICKET: Luffman century central to Woodhall Spa’s cup final triumph

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Lincoln & District League

Premier Trophy Final

Woodhall Spa 212-6

Rustons 160-6

Woodhall Spa came out on top in the Sunday league cup final, overcoming Rustons by 52 runs at Sleaford, with a Jack Luffman century the backbone to their innings and victory after a fairly disastrous start.

Woodhall Spa won the toss and elected to bat but George Lindsey was out for a duck after just five balls, caught by Andy Silk off a Martin Noble delivery. Fellow opener Adam Barker (7) fared little better and only faced eight balls before he was run out.

And so it went on. Tom Caswell was out for a duck after two balls, caught by Tom Barley off a Russell Moore ball.

Woodhall captain Peter Epton (3) was unable to offer his side much comfort, caught by Simon Dean with Moore the bowler again, although he was the first face more than 20 balls.

Silk and Noble combined again to take out Henry Wilson for six runs.

The first Spa batsman to hit double figures was Oliver Caswell (18) before he was clean bowled by Paul Chambers.

But by now, Luffman was at the crease and following Caswell’s dismissal, he was joined by Alfie Lindsey (32no).

Luffman’s match-saving knock of 125 from 92 balls included 21 fours and he remained unbeaten his side’s 40 overs ran out.

Rustons’ reply saw Martin Noble and Lee Buick first to the crease. Noble would go on to face exactly half of Spa’s 240 deliveries, carrying his bat for 65, whilst Buick only managed to notch a single run, caught by Luffman off a Kieran Richardson delivery.

And so the collapse continued. Moore (4) went lbw to a Caswell ball and Rustons skipper Chambers was caught by George Lindsey for nine, Luke Ware the bowler.

Alfie Lindsey caught Robert Spaight (8) off a John Temperton ball, whilst George Lindsey did the same to Silk off Richardson’s delivery. Ware claimed his second wicket when he bowled John Flynn for 24.

Tom Barley joined Noble at the crease but was only able to register a single run before their overs ran out.