CRICKET: Woodhall Spa’s match winner Matt is in demand

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It takes something really special to cause Woodhall Spa Cricket Club’s star all rounder Matthew Sargeant to miss a game.

However, he will be ruled out of part of Woodhall’s campaign in the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League this summer - because he’s getting married.

The wedding bells will also be ringing for skipper Jack Luffman.

Unlike Sargeant, he will walk down the aisle just before the start of the season in April - and in the best traditions of captaincy has postponed his honeymoon until after the campaign finishes.

Luffman said: “Matt’s getting married in May so he could miss two or three games.

“My wedding is in April and I’ve just managed to squeeze it in before the first match!”

Sargeant was a key figure in Woodhall’s side that came so desperately close to winning the league last year.

His explosive form with bat and ball proved to be a winning combination in several games and he earned a richly deserved call-up to the Lincolnshire Minor Counties squad.

Meanhwile, Luffman has played down suggestions Woodhall will look to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign.

There has been speculation a spinner was being lined up to supplement an impressive array of seamers.

However, Luffman stressed he was more than happy with the options offered by player-coach Paul Timby and overseas’ star Prasanna Jayawardene.

Jayawardene, one of the world’s top wicketkeeper/batsmen, is pencilled in to return to Jubilee Park for a second season.

However, he’s unlikely to keep wicket with the immensely promising Jack Hughes set to don the gloves.

That will free Jayawardene to focus on his batting and occasional off-spin bowling that did prove useful last term.

Luffman also confirmed Woodhall had no plans to re-sign former Northants seamer Lee Daggatt.

Daggatt made a handful of appearances in 2013 but has now retired from the first class game and is working as a physio for Northampton Saints RUFC.

Woodhall will play warm-up games against Hartsholme on April 5 and Alford on April (12) with a possibility of a third match on April 13. Their first league game is against league newcomers Market Rasen on April 19.

The star-studded Lashings XI - a team made up of former Test players - is set to visit Jubilee Park in July in what is one of Woodhall’s major fundraisers.