VIDEO: Bandara magic has Sleaford in a spin

Woodhall Spa’s new overseas star Malinga Bandara wasted no time in making an impression last Saturday and left champions Sleaford in a real spin.

The Sri Lanka Test star celebrated his debut in the ECB Lincolnshire Premier League by taking 3-42 as Sleaford - chasing a formidable Woodhall total of 223-8 - were restricted to 155-8.

Tips from the top: Woodhall Spa's new overseas star Malinga Bandara passes on some tips to U13s players Adam Brooks

Tips from the top: Woodhall Spa's new overseas star Malinga Bandara passes on some tips to U13s players Adam Brooks

Woodhall’s second successive winning draw highlighted their potential title pedigree and boosted confidence ahead of this Saturday’s showdown against Bracebridge Heath,

Bandara’s list of victims included Sleaford’s record-breaking Kiwi batsman Tim McIntosh.

Woodhall skipper Jack Luffman admitted: “It was an impressive performance by Bandara and he looks a class player.

“He bowled with a lot of control and hopefully it was the start of things to come.”

It was far from a one-man show as Woodhall overcame their star-studded hosts - and the bad weather which wiped out a number of other games.

Asked to bat first on a damp wicket, Woodhall lost key man Jonny Cheer early on.

However, Sam Evison (46) and Ricky Lovelace (26) re-built the innings although Woodhall were still in some trouble at 114-6 when Bandara fell for a duck.

However, Lincolnshire all-rounder Matthew Sargeant and highly rated young wicketkeeper Jack Hughes came together in what proved to be a matchwinning stand.

They added more than 90 runs with Sargeant hammering two sixes and eight fours in a 67-ball 65. Hughes finished on 39 not out.

Ben O’Brien made early inroads into Sleaford’s reply and Bandara completed a run out to get rid of Louis Kimber.

McIntosh battled his way to 42 before he fell leg before to the wily leg-spin of Bandara to leave the total on 75-4.

Bandara ripped out Sam Cascoygne and Jacob Smith cheaply while Luke Smith and Sargeant also struck.

However, Woodhall could not dislodge Andy Hibberd whose unbeaten 62 denied them maximum points.