Woodhall Spa Cricket Club’s Sunday second team were out of luck when they suffered an agonising one wicket defeat against Sleaford in a Lincoln and District League Division Three game.
Helped by Jack Lufman’s 87, a largely young and inexperienced Woodhall side hit 180-5 off their 40 overs.
Luffman then picked up 5-14 off seven overs with the ball to cap a fine all round performance.
However, an equally impressive effort from Sleaford’s Kurt Colyn saw his side scrape over the line.
Colyn hit an unbeaten 54 as Sleaford grabbed the winning runs in with just four balls to spare.
Earlier, Colyn had taken 2-48 from 10 overs but was unable to prevent Woodhall from making sound progress.
Luffman and Jack Timby put on 57 for the first wicket and Paul Timby (40) also impressed with the bat.
Luffman looked set for a century until he fell 13 runs short, caught by Gavin Hutson off the bowling of Comnor Habron.
Opener Simon Godby impressed in the early stages of Sleaford’s reply and consistent batting down the order kept the game hanging in the balance.
Luffman, Paul Timby and Henry Wilson picked up wickets but in the end, Colyn’s half century proved to be decisive.