CRICKET: Ice-cool Dixon wins it for Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman who was delighted with the thrilling win against Bracebridge Heath
Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman who was delighted with the thrilling win against Bracebridge Heath

Teenager Tom Dixon was the toast of Woodhall Spa on Saturday as his last ball boundary earned a thrilling win against Bracebridge Heath.

Woodhall went into the last over of an absorbing ECB Premier League clash at Jubilee Park needing six runs for victory.

However, it call came down to the final delivery.

With the scores tied, Dixon calmly smacked a delivery from spinner Matthew Carter back over his head for the winning four - much to the delight of his teammates and the total dismay of rivals Bracebridge.

Skipper Jack Luffman, who was at the non-striker’s end for that final ball drama, said: “It was an amazing win and all credit to Tom.

“He might lack experience when it comes to the first team but he probably had the coolest head of anyone inside the ground.”

It was a vital victory for Woodhall against one of their main rivals for the title.

Bracebridge, taking advantage of another sublime Jubilee Park batting track, made 220-8 with skipper Paul Cook (65) leading the way.

All Woodhall’s bowlers stuck manfully to their task but Sri Lankan Test star Malinga Bandara was the pick.

On his home debut, he took four wickets and bowled with style and control as Bracebridge looked to keep the board ticket over.

Ben O’Brien and Luke Smith also did well while Matthew Sargeant suffered some late punishment to spoil his figures.

Woodhall needed a decent start - and openers Sam Evison and Jonny Cheer did not disappoint.

They took the score to 93 before Cheer went for 48 while Evison was a superb anchor, making 80.

Ricky Loevlace, O’Brien and Sargeant all made useful runs, but as the tension mounted it boiled down to the last six deliveries.

Jack Hughes scored four runs from the first two but was then dismissed. The fourth was a dot ball. Luffman pinched a single off the fifth to tie the scores - and then Dixon produced the most important shot of his career to date.