CRICKET: Skipper Luffman predicting tough test for Woodhall Spa

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Skipper Jack Luffman is preparing for one of Woodhall Spa’s toughest Lincolnshire ECB Premier League games of the season when they visit Bourne tomorrow (Saturday).

Luffman believes Bourne could be one of the strongest sides in the competition after they added to an already talented squad during the winter.

And his view was emphasised last week when Bourne opened their campaign with a crushing win against newcomers Billborough.

Bourne rattled up more than 300 for the loss of six wickets and then skittled their opponents for 166 to register a big win.

Luffman was delighted with Woodhall Spa’s opening day success against Market Rasen at Jubilee Park but accepts his side will have to step up their form tomorrow.

He said: “Bourne are a strong side and I’m sure they are going to be there or thereabouts this season. We’re going to have to be on the top of our game to get a result.

“However, we played really well against Market Rasen and we’re looking forward to the game.”

Ideally, Woodhall Spa would love to have new signings Malinga Bandara and Andy Carter available.

However, it is unlikely either player will be available. Sri Lankan leg spinner Bandara is still awaiting visa clearance while pace-man Carter is involved in Nottinghamshire’s first team squad.

Luffman added: “If we have to go with the same eleven as last Saturday then I wouldn;t have any problems with that.”

Openers Jonny Cheer and Sam Evison spearhead a powerful Woodhall batting line-up and Ricky Lovelace, who returned to the club in the off-season after a stint at success, will be hoping to get some runs.

All rounders Ben O’Brien and Matthew Sargeant will be other key figures.