Woodhall Spa Cricket Club appeared to suffer from a dose of the end-of-season blues as they crashed to defeat at Lindum in their latest Lincolnshire ECB Premier League game on Saturday.
A disappointing batting performance saw Woodhall dismissed for a frustratingly low total of 128 and Lindum romped to the points on 132-2 off just 17.2 overs.
Woodhall had no-one to match the all-round power of Lindum’s in-form Lincolnshire star Karanjit Bansal, who took 5-22 with the ball and then smashed 73 with the bat off just 52 deliveries.
Skipper Jack Luffman had hoped Woodhall would produce a much improved display after last week’s setback against Skegness ended any lingering title hopes.
Instead, he had to reflect on a defeat which sent Woodhall spinning into fifth place in the table.
With just two games to go - starting with Grimsby this Saturday - they could face a test nailing down a top four finish.
Luffman at least won the toss at Lindum, but he was soon regretting that decision as Woodhall’s top four batsmen were back in the tent with just 40 on the board.
Sam Evison (16), Jonny Cheer (0), Malinga Bandara (9) and Jack Hughes (9) fell to a combination of fine bowling and sharp fielding.
With all-rounder Ben O’Brien absent from Woodhall’s ranks, it was left to Luffman and Matty Sergeant to try and stage a recovery.
Luffman did grind his way to 32 off 88 balls but Sargeant went for 9 and although Chris Anderson and Thomas Dixon offered some resistance, Woodhall were always struggling.
They needed early wickets to stand any chance of a result and Bandara - opening the bowling - did get rid of William Wright with just seven on the board.
But that only brought Bansal to the crease and he smacked shots to every part of the ground as Lindum coasted home.
n Woodhall were also out of luck in Saturday’s second team clash between the two sides in the Premier Division of the South Lincs and Border League at Jubilee Park. Lindum posted a challenging score of 248-8 but Woodhall batted with determination to reply with 171-6.