CRICKET: Woodhall Spa geared up for busy weekend

Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman

Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman

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Woodhall Spa Cricket Club is gearing up for a packed programme of action over the Bank Holiday weekend as they chase success in three different competitions.

Tomorrow (Saturday), skipper Jack Luffman and his players entertain local rivals Louth in an ECB Lincolnshire Premier League game at Jubilee Park.

Twenty four hours later, Woodhall Spa will be looking to make the most of home advantage again when they entertain Nottingham-based outfit Caythorpe in the first round of the National Knock-out Cup.

Then, on Monday, Woodhall Spa will be in action in the group stages of a T20 knock-out competition, this time at Louth.

Luffman said: “It is going to be a busy weekend and it will certainly test the strength of our squad.”

Woodhall Spa are determined to beat Louth in the league after seeing their clash at Bourne last Saturday cancelled because of wet weather.

They had opened the season with a crushing win against newcomers Market Rasen but won’t want to fall any further behind early season pacesetters Bracebridge Heath who managed to beat the weather - and opponents Grimsby - last Saturday.

There is a chance new overseas’ signing Malinga Bandara could make his debut after visa hold-ups delayed his arrival.

The leg-spinning all rounder - who has played Test and one-day cricket for Sri Lanka - was due to arrive this week although there had been no official confirmation from the club.

He has considerable experience of English conditions having appeared for Gloucestershire and Kent.

Bandara’s availability would be a boost for Luffman and coach Paul Timby who could see bowling resources stretched to the limit.

Pace-man Connor Parsons is struggling with a hamstring strain while Andrew Carter’s excellent start to the season means he is a regular in Nottinghamshire’s side.

Lincolnshire squad members Sam Evison, Jonny Cheer and Matthew Sargeant are all available tomorrow but will be absent from the Caythorpe clash because of county commitments.

Banarda - if he arrives - can’t play in the game either and Luffman would have to turn to some of the club’s younger players.

It may be a similar story for the T20 event at Louth although Woodhall Spa would relish a chance to progress to the latter stages of the competition.