CRICKET: Eight-wicket defeat cuts Woodhall Spa’s lead


Lincs ECB Premier League

Woodhall Spa 150

Louth 154-5

An eight-wicket haul ultimately cut Woodhall Spa’s lead at the top of the table to four points on Saturday.

Visitors Woodhall won the toss and elected to bat on the London Road sports ground.

Spa started well enough, with opener Sam Evison ultimately carrying his bat for 56 runs, including seven fours, having faced 134 balls.

But it was pretty much downhill from there, with fellow opener and captain Jack Luffman facing 17 balls before he was dismissed for 12 runs, caught by Graham West off an Amila Wettasinghe delivery – the first of eight wickets for the Louth bowler.

Malinga Bandara made just six runs before he was caught and bowled by Wettasinghe, who then promptly bowled Ricky Lovelace (7). Etienna Botha (4) went to the bowling of Nic Keast after 10 balls.

Matthew Sargeant (27) hung around awhile to face 55 balls before being bowled out by that man again, Wettasinghe.

Jack Timby went lbw off a Wettasinghe ball, with the Louth marksman then picking off Joe Irving for five and Ross Dixon for a single run.

Alex King, too, could only manage a single run, bowled by Andy Carrington, and Luke Smith was Evison’s final partner at the crease, albeit briefly, as he too was out for a single run, caught by West off Wettasinghe’s final delivery, as Woodhall were all out in 46.1 overs.

Louth backed up their bowling with a fairly solid innings that saw them reach target in the 31st over.

It was led by opener Laurence Scott who hit 51 runs in 59 balls, including eight fours, before he was stumped by Timby off a Bandara ball. Bandara caught and bowled Louth’s other opener Matthew Hamilton for 13.

Timby caught Jason Collinson (17) off a delivery by Dixon, who then caught Tom Corden (25), with Bandara the bowler.

Batting at five, Louth’s star with the ball Wettasinghe was 19no, and had as partners Bertie Milligan-Manby (11), who went lbw off a Bandara ball, and West (8no).