Haxey halt Woodhall Spa streak
Haxey CC V Woodhall Spa CC @ The Playing Fields, Lincs ECB Premier League
Woodhall Spa CC 136 ( M.Sargeant 31; R.Lovelace 24; S.Evison 16; P.Epton 15; J.Luffman 11)
Haxey CC 137-4 ( B.O’Brien 3-41; J.Luffman 1-15)
Woodhall Spa CC lost by six Wickets (two points)
WOODHALL Spa C C’s encouraging start to the Premier League season came to an abrupt stop at Haxey on Saturday as the team suffered it’s first defeat.
It was certainly a bad day at the office and although there were a few bright spells during the game from the players the overall picture was bleak and disappointing, in good company with this summer’s weather.
Having lost the toss Woodhall Spa were invited to bat first and it was only when Matthew Sargeant came to the wicket that the visitors showed any real application with the bat, although Ricky Lovelace’s innings at the top of the order had shown promise before he was unlucky to drag a ball back on to his stumps.
Sargeant’s knock of 31 and his eighth wicket partnership of 43 runs with Peter Epton had given the total some respectability, but were 136 runs posted on the board enough to win the game?
As the final scoreboard read Haxey 137-4 then the answer to the question posed was no, but on another day perhaps it might have been answered in the affirmative as Ben O’Brien dismissed both openers in his first spell and, subsequently, he along with Dan Milgate and Matt Haslam could count themselves unlucky not to claim wickets as chances were missed which would have put pressure on the home batsmen. In fact, left hander Harvey, who scored a match winning half century, should have been out twice on nought as chances were put down.
Two more wickets fell to O’Brien and Jack Luffman late in the proceedings, but it was a case of too little, too late.
Only two points were gained from the match and consequently The Spa have dropped down in to fourth position, but with two home games to come a return to form must happen.
The players to their credit offered no excuses for their indifferent performance and they left the ground in a determined mood in regards to putting things right next week after putting themselves through a good practice session on Tuesday night.
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Weather for Horncastle
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 11 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North